1. Mamata Banerjee government cancels Tarek Fatah’s Balochistan talk in West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee government cancels Tarek Fatah’s Balochistan talk in West Bengal

West Bengal government on Thursday cancelled an event at the Calcutta club in which author and political commentator Tarek Fatah were scheduled to speak on the topic of Balochistan and its 'freedom' from Pakistan.

By: | Updated: January 5, 2017 4:50 PM
tarek fatah, mamat abnerjee, calcutta club, tarek fateh calcutta club, tarek fatah balochistan, balochistan tarek fatah Tarek Fatah posted a screenshot of the Calcutta Club’s mail to him saying that they have to cancel the event due to “unavoidable circumstances”. (Twitter)

West Bengal government on Wednesday cancelled an event at the Calcutta club in which author and political commentator Tarek Fatah were scheduled to speak on the topic of Balochistan and its ‘freedom’ from Pakistan. Fatah went on social networking site Twitter to express his displeasure over the event. Tarek Fatah posted a screenshot of the Calcutta Club’s mail to him saying that they have to cancel the event due to “unavoidable circumstances”. Although the mail did not mention any particular reason or force behind the cancellation, Fatah said that it was the state government behind the cancellation. Fatah also pointed out that the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government had asked the club to remove “Kashmir” from the first poster of the programme.

One of the reasons behind the cancellation of the event is the close relationship between Tarek Fatah and the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. Fatah has been quite a vocal supporter of PM Narendra Modi and his Independence Day slogan to expose Pakistani government and its army’s atrocities in Balochistan. Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal has been opposing PM Narendra Modi and his centre for a long time.

Following the announcement of demonetisation, Mamata Banerjee along with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had taken out numerous protests against the Modi government citing the inconvenience faced by the people. The West Bengal Chief Minister had also gone on to accuse the BJP government at the centre of attempting to conduct a military coup in west Bengal. It had later been revealed that the army deployment was a part of a routine exercise which had been conducted in other states and in previous years as well.

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  1. Ashok Gupta
    Jan 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm
    Mamta is a traitor & must be dethroned.
    1. C
      Citizen India
      Jan 5, 2017 at 3:59 pm
      Mamata should be charged with sedition. The cancellation of a programme which would have gone a long way to highlight the plight of the Balochs by Tarek Fatah smacks of antinational sentiments. The Balochistan issue gives India a leverage of huge proportion and it is an ace in our hands with regards to stan. I wonder if this lady is a part of the ISI lobby going by stifling of the Dhoolagarh episode and now cancelling a baloch leader to speak. West Bengal, if this lady continues to be in power,will be the first state in india where Hindus are overtly at the receiving end.
      1. Rajib Ghosh
        Jan 5, 2017 at 9:36 pm
        This is absolutely bizzare.Are we living in India or East stan?There iis limit to appease politics.Enough is enough.
        1. Rajib Ghosh
          Jan 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm
          Whatver happened is absolute absurd,disastreous,shameful.Are we living in India Or East stan?
          1. D
            Jan 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm
            The age she is going it happens to wmem of her age to become quarrel some
            1. R
              Jan 5, 2017 at 10:33 am
              she is narrow minded lady nit fit to br CM
              1. A
                Avik Bose
                Jan 6, 2017 at 8:35 am
                Mamata Banerjee has just become a puppet in the hands of Jehadi lobby . SIMI founder Hasan Imran, Jamati leader Siddiqullah, Deganga riot accused Haji Nurul, Anti-Taslima riot mastermind Idrish Ali, Sultan Ahmed are running the government. Anti-Hindu pogroms in Dhulagarh of Howrah, Kaliachak of Malda, Naihati, Chandannagar, Kharagpur, Katwa, Mallarpur of Birbhum and more than 12 places during Muharram are the clear signals of making West Bengal another stan by these Jehadi fundamentalist forces.
                1. Sabyasachi Chatterjee
                  Jan 5, 2017 at 5:04 pm
                  West Bengal is going through the darkness of polarization and both Trinamool and BJP are trying to dis stable the harmony and unity of people .
                  1. Jhimli Dutta
                    Jan 6, 2017 at 4:39 am
                    Are you a paid brainless bhakt of the BJP ?? Fanning Religion politics will not work .
                    1. Jhimli Dutta
                      Jan 6, 2017 at 4:33 am
                      Good decision . These are issues not related to India . Present Govt has miserably failed in resolving economic issues , unemployment issues , safety of female citizens of India and has shown no visible improvement on any front gripping the country other than vendetta politics . GOI shld solve internal issues rather than these external non issues
                      1. K
                        Jan 5, 2017 at 10:36 am
                        Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! Where are the sickulars now with their intolerance rant? What about M.Banerjee and her rants?
                        1. K
                          Jan 10, 2017 at 11:26 am
                          Jhimli will be very worried for people living in Palestine. Kolkata is becoming truly the capital of Islamic Republic of West Bengal with Mumtaz Begum as its Khaliphate.
                          1. K
                            Jan 5, 2017 at 2:33 pm
                            Mamata is digging her political grave by these actions. People will not forget her support for corruption and violence. She has gone too far and its clear to see that a person with this mentality can do no good to the state of bengal. Hopefully the bengalis has the brains to see the truth and have the courage to vote in the right leaders. Though going by the past its not very encouraging to know that they have voted in the left and now the female version of kejriwal. What a sad state of affairs.
                            1. Lotus Valley
                              Jan 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm
                              This dangerous policy of minority appeat is getting out of control. Indian law enforcing agencies should deal sternly with the perpetrators of this dangerous trend. Moreover why central govt. is sleeping, whether it is Durga puja ban in one W. Bengal village, bomb manufacturing at the house of one TMC MLA belonging to minority community, recent attacks on minister's house by TMC goons, ban on Taslima nasreen, the list is endless. Something drastic needs to be done to destroy the 40 year old anarchy in W. Bengal.
                              1. N
                                Jan 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm
                                That is the problem. People see issues in isolation. But the reality is that many issues are inter-related. The resolution has to be holistic and from all aspects, both internal and external. Balochistan has been a very important part of India in the history of India, and freeing it will get their people's support and weaken the agenda of stan and China, who are exploiting the rich resources of Balochistan. And I'm tired of listening to this statement "the present government has failed miserably" (read the quote in a squeaky sarcastic voice). The social and economic condition has visibly improved for people who have enough sense to notice it.
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                                  Lokesh joshi
                                  Jan 6, 2017 at 6:21 pm
                                  It is not the case you see, it is case of1- Freedom of Expression, is it Reserved for only the expression suit to left mind and psudo secular mind...?2- Balochistan was free State 4 days before the Indpendance of india & Existance of stan on 14 Aug 1947, and M.Ali Jinna was Lawyer of Balochistan before Britishers to Plea and later on stan attacked and occupied the balochistan so it is matter of Justice ..dia should stand for and you too.3- when pak attacked Messanger of baloch king came india and mat with Molana Azad / Nehru that they seek to merge with india but foolish leadership denied. . hence historic rectification needed4- if matter do not related to india as you objected, india must not support Philistin cause or any justified case lies out of india...for thousands of years india is knowen for its standing for TRUTH-JUSTICE-DHARMA5- if you or Mamta is doing it for muslim mentility, then correct yourself , these are means also to change them, to make them realize that they too must identify themselves with india only like other not with fake concept of muslim ummapls see the things in their true perspective.... With regards
                                  1. R
                                    Jan 5, 2017 at 6:31 pm
                                    Mamta is not having any program for Bengal. She has only one point program to oppose Modi .By not allowing discussion on Balochistan and Kashmir, what authorities are proving ?
                                    1. %e0%a6%b8%e0%a7%81%e0%a6%b0%e0%a6%9c%e0%a6%bf%e0%a
                                      Jan 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm
                                      The REAL FACE of Mamtaz...
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