Intolerance towards dissent has become a big problem for the Left: Prasenjit Bose

Outlook‘s Panini Anand Interviews Prasenjit Bose

Censure for V.S. Achuthanandan and expulsion for you?

Comrade VS has been censured apparently because he spoke out against the brutal murder of a political leader in his state belonging to another leftwing party. I personally think there is nothing wrong in condemning the murder of T.P. Chandrashekharan and demanding action against the guilty. But his case is not comparable to mine. He is a senior mass leader. I am simply an activist.

I have had disagreements with several major decisions of the party on which I wrote letters to the polit bureau. In all I gave six letters…the first one I wrote was in 2006 on the issue of industrialization and land acquisition in West Bengal. I never made those letters public. But this time I felt like openly protesting against the decision to support Pranab Mukherjee because that was not in keeping with the party congress decision. I resigned to go public with my protest.

So, the problem is with the party leadership?

Not any individual leader but yes I think that the leadership as a whole is unable to decide which political direction to take collectively.

Read the entire interview here…..

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