Intellectuals launch website on Nandigram
Express news service
Posted online: Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 0134 hrs IST
Kolkata, March 14
The Forum of Artistes, Cultural Activists and Intellectuals has launched a website that documents its convention in the backdrop of the land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram.
The Forum had offered a non-political platform for citizens of Kolkata to protest against the anti-people policies of the state government. The website www.14thmarch.com is a telling account of the experiences of the Forum members in Nandigram and Singur and their perspective on the government policies. The logo has been designed by artist Suvaprasanna and the Forum is planning to start a guest column where eminent personalities can voice their opinions. “It will help spread awareness about these issues. But we will not limit the website to Singur and Nandigram. It will contain information on programmes taken up by the Forum,” said theatre personality Bibhash Chakrabarty.
The “objective” reads: “the West Bengal Government of late has been forcibly acquiring rich arable agricultural green lands in the various parts of the state on the false pretext of industrialisation and development. All of those people who have refused or rejected this heinous scheme of the government, and have been raising their voices against this undemocratic procedure of land acquisition, are being victimised by administrative and police repression, brutalised by the cadres of the ruling party.”
In the website, the Forum has accused the government of proceeding in a “fascist-like manner to silence all voices of dissent and conducting a shameless campaign of lies”. Writer Mahasweta Devi, actor Aparna Sen, theatre director Bratya Basu, academicians Amlan Dutta and Santosh Bhattacharya are among the members of the Forum.