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Mahasweta Devi condemns SFI attack on Mamata

PTI  Kolkata, April 11, 2013
First Published: 15:19 IST(11/4/2013) | Last Updated: 15:23 IST(11/4/2013)

Noted writer Mahasweta Devi on Thursday condemned the heckling of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and finance minister Amit Mitra, saying those who practise such "indecent politics" are alienated from people.

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Describing the incident as "extremely unfortunate", the Magsaysay award winner told reporters in Kolkata that this should not have happened.

"Those who did it and those who practise such indecent politics are alienated from the people," she said, supporting governor MK Narayanan's strong statement on Wednesday against the incident.

Emphasising that Mamata has no alternative, the writer-activist said the chief minister had gone to Delhi "to bring funds for the people of the state and she was attacked".

She said politicians should adopt a constructive attitude. "Illiteracy should be removed because literacy is the most powerful weapon, stronger than sword or lathi. Give the people of our state literacy," she said.

Referring to SFI leader Sudipto Gupta's death, the writer said, "It was very unfortunate and cannot be supported. The state government should order a probe into it and punish the policemen responsible for the student's death."  

On the ongoing political violence in the state, she said it was continuing since the previous Left Front rule. "It should be stopped. We want our state to do well," she said.

The noted litterateur, who had supported Mamata prior to 2011 Assembly polls, has at times been critical of the Trinamool chief's policies in West Bengal.


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