Syama Prasad Mukherjee’s Statue Vandalised in Kolkata: Barbarism in Democratic Politics

National Politics

There is no place of barbarism in democratic politics. Democratic politics believes in tolerance, sympathy and cooperation.Elections are held in democracy and the new government is formed through elections.Democracy believes in peaceful and smooth political change. A party is ousted by the election, a new party comes to power – it is normal in democratic politics. But for the last few days, the storm we have seen is actually ruining the democratic ideals.

The people of Kolkata became the eyewitness of one of such shameful incidents today morning.Members of an ultra-Left student outfit vandalised and defaced a statue of BJP ideologue Syama Prasad Mukherjee in Kolkata today morning. The incident of vandalism comes after two Lenin statues being toppled in Tripura and a Periyar bust being vandalised in Tamil Nadu.The Kolkata police arrested seven people for the alleged vandalism. At least five of the seven, one whom of is a woman, are believed to be members of a Left-wing group called “Radical”, believed to be a pro-Maoist students body formed in Jadavpur University four years ago. They were arrested from the spot where SP Mukherjee’s bust was vandalised. Cops have promised that they will take strong action against the alleged perpetrators.

The incident took place at the CR Das Park adjacent to the Kewartala crematorium today at around 8 AM in the morning. Seven young men suddenly went into the park. They were carrying placards that proclaimed their identity as members of the “Radical.” Inside the park, they came in front of the bust of Syama Prasad Mukherjee and shouted slogans against the demolition of Lenin’s statues in Tripura, where BJP on March 3 won a historical election to end 25-years of Communist rule. Then suddenly they started hitting the statue of Syama Prasad Mukherjee with hammer. Much of the face of the statue was ruptured.The right ear, eyes and cheeks of the statue were damaged by the hammer attacks.After a few breaks, they defaced the face of the statue with black ink. Local Trinamool workers soon gathered at the spot, which is within few hundred meters distance from the chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s Kalighat residence, and stopped the vandals. They also informed the local police station.

State administration is planning to repair the statue.

“In Tripura Communists broke the statue of Lenin to gain sympathy. In Bengal, too, Communists vandalised the statue of Syama Prasad Mukherjee. Nothing is beyond them. BJP supporters do not need to demolish statues of Communist leaders, for the Communists are withering away,” said Rahul Sinha, national BJP secretary and former president of Bengal BJP condemning the incident.

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