It is ironical that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and others of its ilk are leading the 'intolerance' brigade against the Government, given that they are the ones who ran one of the most violent and intolerant 'proletarian' regimes in post-independent India
It was ironical to see and hear Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders refer to the rise of intolerance in the country under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ironical because the CPI(M), the party to which West Bengal's Mohammed Selim belongs, ran one of the most violent and intolerant 'proletarian' Governments in post-independent India's democratic history. So intolerant was the CPI(M)-led Left Front Government of West Bengal, that, by the time it was voted out of power in 2011, it had not only shot at and killed hapless Hindu refugees who had sought shelter in the Sunderbans from persecution in Bangladesh but had truly inaugurated an era of blood and retribution. In 1979, Comrade Jyoti Basu's Government hunted down, shot and threw to the sharks hundred of refugees in the Sunderban island of Marichjhapi. Most of those shot at by the 'tolerant' CPI(M) regime belonged to the Namasudra community a backward and the poor section in Bangladesh.
In between, from 1979 to 2007, other ghastly acts took place under the proletarian Government often with its active connivance. Some of these would be worth recalling simply because the CPI(M) and its band of captive intellectuals have long succeeded in obfuscating these issues and pretending to be the upholders of the 'Idea of India'. The incidents and examples of intolerance and mockery of the democratic process under CPI(M) rule are many but it would suffice to point to a few.
In 1982, Ananda Margi monks, for example, were doused with gasoline and burnt in broad daylight in the Bijon Setu massacre case where CPI(M) leaders egged on a mob of cadres to commit the act of public murder. One does not know whether there were intellectuals who asked for the then Prime Minister's resignation, or asked her to make a statement condemning the incident, or whether groups of intellectuals wrote to the then President of India about the rise of intolerance under Mr Rahul Gandhi's grandmother's rule. The entire episode was hushed up and the involved CPI(M) leaders were never brought to book.