Eminent leftist writer-activist praised Narendra Modi

via Daily Pioneer published on August 26, 2007

NEW DELHI : Reflecting the increasing isolation of the Left Front in the intelligentsia, West Bengal’s eminent Leftist writer-activist Mahashweta Devi feels that it has achieved “very little” in its 30 years of rule in the State.


Delivering the ninth DS Borker Memorial here on My Vision of India: 2047 AD, she rubbished the Left Front Government of West Bengal for non-performance and praised Narendra Modi’s Gujarat for strides made in grassroots-level development.


“I was deeply impressed to see how strong the work culture is in Gujarat. The city and village roads are well-built, even the remotest villages have electricity and drinking water. I was especially impressed with the medical facilities in the panchayats and local-level health centres. Not at all like West Bengal where, even now, villages and panchayat areas have hardly any electricity and where the Government’s so-called swasthya pariseva (healthcare service) is totally non-existent,” she said. “In West Bengal, which has been under a CPI(M)-led Left Government for 30 years, little has been achieved,” the writer said. She also alleged that starvation deaths and child mortality are “rampant” in West Bengal.


Calling herself a bookworm, the octogenarian writer said she read books on history, folklore and folk proverbs. “One needs to go to the villages and meet the villagers. Perhaps that is how I started knowing India. Now, even at 82, I am still doing so through my visits to Nandigram.” 

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