Kabir Suman the politician is dead. Kabir Suman the protest singer lives on! His latest creation, a song on Kamduni, reminds everyone of the evergreen protest singer he has always been, especially the singer who composed the song, Anita Dewan Kshama Karo (Forgive us, Anita Dewan), composed on the brutal gang rape and murder at Bantala.
That song, as Suman has always said, made him and his family suffer a lot because he earned the wrath of the ruling party which was busy downplaying the incident. In the new song, too, Suman says, he feels ashamed to have been born a male and has begged forgiveness from the victim.
In this 2:29-minute song, the rebel Trinamool MP said the death of the Kamduni rape victim actually means the death of Tapasi Malik yet again. Malik, a 17-year-old anti-acquisition activist from Singur, was allegedly raped and burnt alive in December 2006 on the land acquired for the Nano factory.
Suman, who had earlier composed a song on Malik and also dedicated a book to her, sang in this number, titled Kamduni–A Song, “Tapasi e je morlo abar/ Amar khali kanna asey (It is Tapasi who dies again, I only feel like crying)”.
The song was composed before Mamata’s controversial visit to Kamduni. Suman also raised questions on why the chief minister was not visiting the families of rape victims, while, as an Opposition leader, she used to rush to all victims of various kinds of atrocities.
“Kothay chhile netr itumi, ekti bar ki dekhte gele, sabe tobe palte gelo, jei na tumi rajyo pele? (Where were you, leader, did you visit them even once? Has everything changed ever since you got power in the state?)” Suman sang.