It had to happen. And it happened. But it happened so elegantly, so smoothly, so unabrasively that Marx, had he been alive, would have died of shock. Rest in Peace..!!

    Marx had a great apprehension about the future of Communism. In his much acclaimed, Manifesto of the Communist Party, he wrote, “A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of Communism. All the powers that be have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise the spectre: Pope & Czar, Metternich & Guizot, French radicals & German Police spies.”  In spite of his apprehensions Communism did survive & flourish in Europe. In fact it cost the Czar & his family their lives in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution. Communism conquered half the world till 1991 when the death knoll was sounded by none other than Mikhail Gorbachev, the last of the mighty Soviet Premiers.

         In spite of his profundity & erudition, I am pretty sure that Marx had never estimated the suppleness of mind & skill of a Bangali Bhadrolok belonging to the priestly class of Bengal. Yes, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is doing exactly what Gorbachev did about a decade & half back. In an interview to an Indian daily not long back he said, “What we are practising here is Capitalism. Socialism cannot be created in the given situation even if we preach it. I am a realist & not a fool.” Bravo…! I am sure it is music of the highest octave to capitalists (read Opportunists) like me!! He repudiated the Marxian thesis that “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle. Freeman & slave, patrician & plebeian, in a word oppresor & oppressed stood in constant opposition to one another, carrying on an uninterrupted fight – a fight that ended either in revolutionary reconstitution of society at large or in the common ruin of the contending classes.”

        My sincere apologies to my readers if I sound a trifle trite after all these months, but if Singur & Nandigram are anything to go by in Bengal’s recent turbulence Mr. Bhattacharjee has denied the inherent contradiction between capital & labour by collaborating with Capitalists(read TATAs, SALIM Group) of the highest order. In doing so, he openly acknowledges the fact that erstwhile Marxists & Communists are nothing but prisoners of their own ideology, which perhaps is better off in bookshelves & debate motions. Its time perhaps CPI-M should read as Capitalists’ Party of India-Marketists!!