Although politicians from all spectrums, together with prime nationwide leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP), mourned his dying on Sunday, legendary actor Soumitra Chatterjee was a critic of the saffron power and believed that secular values within the nation have been getting eroded. He was equally vital of the Left events and the Congress, if one goes by the final signed article he wrote earlier than the Durga Puja.
Also known as a renaissance man by Bengal’s intellectuals, Chatterjee was not a member of any political social gathering however believed in communist ideology and sometimes wrote for the mouthpieces of the West Bengal CPI(M), together with Ganashakti, a day by day.
His final article appeared in Ganashakti’s festive quantity revealed on the eve of Durga Puja. “I nonetheless imagine that the Left path is the one different,” learn the headline of the article through which the actor spoke about communalism, Ram Mandir, BJP, Congress and the Left events.
“I’m shocked that the person throughout whose tenure Gujarat witnessed communal riots in 2002 is now ruling India. Indians are tolerating these folks and voting them to energy as soon as once more. I believe the large purpose is that individuals can’t discover a highly effective different. Or, they don’t know what to do,” Chatterjee wrote within the signed three-page article. He didn’t title anybody.
Referring to building of the brand new Ram Mandir, Chatterjee wrote, “So many individuals are dying in the course of the pandemic and but there’s politics within the title of Ram. The humorous half is that Ram, to whom a temple is being devoted, is understood to us since our childhood. He’s standard for 1000’s of years. He’s proper earlier than our eyes…”
Writing a slightly lengthy portion on the cow vigilantes, the actor mentioned, “How can somebody put a diktat on what to eat?”
Referring to demolition of the Babri Masjid, Chatterjee wrote, “I’ll at all times elevate one query. The place have been the political events that might have stopped it? Talking in opposition to the incident shouldn’t be sufficient. Folks ought to have been introduced collectively below their flags.”
“The Congress dominated the nation for 60 years. Lots of its leaders are Rightists. Not overtly however secretly. It’s time to evaluation the historical past,” wrote Chatterjee within the article.
“It’s my opinion that there are shortcomings within the analysis of the Leftists as nicely. We had many variations with Gandhi and it nonetheless exists. However we can’t deny the honesty in his politics. What number of politicians have that honesty as we speak? That is making us rethink. The Leftists might have declared that Gandhi was the chief of the liberty motion however they’d variations with him. Can’t this a lot be completed?” Chatterjee wrote.
BJP state vice-president Jay Prakash Majumdar mentioned his father and Chatterjee’s father have been associates and the 2 households lived at Krishnanagar in Nadia district the place the actor spent his childhood.
“I knew him all my life. The peak he achieved together with his multi-faceted expertise put him in a category above the remaining. How can the BJP not present him respect simply because he believed in Left ideology? I’m within the BJP however he freely mentioned many present points with me. We additionally had our variations. Some issues are above politics,” mentioned Majumdar.
Chatterjee’s closing journey to the crematorium on Sunday night was marked by the presence of the state’s prime Left leaders. CPI(M) state secretary Suryakanta Mishra, Left Entrance chairman Biman Bose and others walked in a procession led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee whereas a couple of thousand followers of the departed display screen icon adopted.