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After reigning supreme in West Bengal for thirty-four years, how did the Communist Party of India... Read More

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After reigning supreme in West Bengal for thirty-four years, how did the Communist Party of India (Marxist) end up on the fringes of the political arena?

In Gangster State, political journalist Sourjya Bhowmick chronicles the decline of the CPI(M) in Bengal through a compulsive work of creative non-fiction.

Allured by the unrestricted power of the party, Presidency College student Rajat Lahiri joins its student wing, the Students’ Federation of India, and trains to become one of its foot soldiers. Soon achieving full-fledged membership, he does not hesitate in getting his hands dirty for a regime inherited by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya from an ailing Jyoti Basu, and marred by corruption and violence.

This change in leadership, prompted by the arrival of a strong contender in Mamata Banerjee, sustains the existing nexus of crime and politics and paves the way for fervid protests and brutal suppression by the state. With the situation spiralling out of control and public support fading, the stage is set for the Singur Movement and violence in Nandigram.

After witnessing the party’s historic defeat in the 2011 Legislative Assembly elections, a disillusioned Rajat leaves Kolkata, only to return as a journalist covering the 2016 elections that would eventually decimate its stronghold in the state.

With the party’s influence on the wane ever since, the book ultimately explores the burning question: Will the CPI(M) survive the 2021 Legislative Assembly elections, or will it be pushed into permanent oblivion by the formidable Trinamool Congress and the rising BJP?

Product Details

Title: Gangster State
Author: Sourjya Bhowmick
Publisher: Pan Macmillan India
ISBN: 9788194970750
SKU: BK0435807
EAN: 9788194970750
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Sourjya Bhowmick is a journalist who works with the TV9 Network in Calcutta. He has previously been associated with the Times Network, Hindustan Times, Indiaspend, Catch News, and the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. He studied Political Science at Presidency College and the University of Calcutta. Sourjya was active in politics from 2004 to 2011 and brings an insider's perspective to his work. Gangster State is his first book.

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