Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 16, Dated Apr 25, 2009
‘Harmad Isn’t Even
A Dictionary Word’
CPI(M) responds to the adivasi struggle with
determination to downplay its importance
Eighty kilometres from the unfurling
movement in Lalgargh sits chairperson
of the Left Front and the CPI(M)
Secretary Biman Bose. Speaking to
SHRIYA MOHAN at the CPI(M) headquarters
in Kolkata, he says that his party’s
strategy this election is to ignore the
growing unrest between the adivasis
and the West Bengal state police.
Who are the harmad vahini? Why
did they fire on Madhupur?
That was not the CPI(M). We are not
connected with this. And
what is the meaning of harmad
of CPI(M)? It is not even a
dictionary word. I can say the
harmad of Chatradhar Mahato
is creating trouble inside Lalgarh.
When people call the police for help,
they don’t come.
This will continue till the election, because
they want to get some dead bodies.
That is the practice of the Trinamool
Congress and their outfits pre-election.
But the West Bengal government has
decided not to give them any dead bodies
and show a sense of patience. But
patience also got some limits.
Why would Trinamool Congress
Mahato is a non-tribal
like me. The media has
glorified him as a
tribal leader. He was
the president of TMC
in a part of Lalgarh
and is now the
leader of the
is how TMC creates its outfits, it’s typical.
But Lalgarh has been predominantly
Jharkand Party for the last
25 years, not TMC.
Jharkand Party has always maintained
a close liaison with the Congress. Last
time TMC also supported Jharkand
Party. So, casually some Jharkand Party
members joined TMC, some joined CPI
(Maoists). It’s all their game plan.
Why has development not reached
non-CPM areas in West Midnapore?
That area was a Jharkand Party
Panchayat. They do not
spend money, they eat
What about compensation
to the families of the
people who got shot at Khas jungle?
I didn’t know this. I will enquire.
Why is Salboni, where the landmine
blast happened, not being investigated?
Why have all your arrests
been targeted at adivasis living in
Lalgarh and Madhupur, when it was
50 km away?
The blast was done through a remote
control from a place near Lalgarh.
Did you find the people behind the
I do not know. That is the job of the
administration. I want an answer, who
did all this? It’s the police’s job to investigate.
Why was the investigation
prevented by these people?
How will you ensure a peaceful election
in these areas this time?
We just want to ignore it! Minus those
22 booths, we can still win. We just
want to ignore. You may write it. We
are not going to move around with the
headache of 22 booths.