Regime change in Egypt is Left’s new icon
In their efforts to draw courage, the Left leaders at Brigade pulled all stops. From noted communist poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz to the regime change in Egypt — all proved a source of inspiration.
At the beginning of the rally, Front chairperson Biman Bose unveiled a portrait of the poet — the day also marks his birth centenary — by painter Wasim Kapoor.
The CPM leader, Md Selim recited a few couplets of the poet — "Hum mehnat kash" and "Bajoo bhi bahut" — translating them in Bengali for the benefit of the crowd.
"Faiz is known across the world, from Lebanon to Egypt and from London to Pakistan," he said. "Today, while pledging for the eighth Left Front government, we remember him."
Other speakers — Md Amin of CPM and Umesh Chowdhury of Biplabi Bangla Congress — too evoked the poet.
Bose, meanwhile, criticised the writings in a regional daily that has compared the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt with the 34-year Left rule in Bengal.
"Comparing Mubarak with Buddhadeb is a shame," said Bose. In the Mubarak regime, a journalist could disappear for writing anything displeasing, but in Bengal there is democracy so people can write anything, he added.
Some speakers drew other consolations from the Egypt parallel. Trinamool, they claimed, will meet a fate similar to Mubarak. "In Egpyt, as people have removed them from power, here also, people will make them flee," declared Fire minister Pratim Chatterjee.
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