Deputy Editor, CNN-IBN
Deputy Editor, CNN-IBN
One year of Mamata Banerjee in power
- How did you fail to persuade Mamata from quitting the debate? Asked by: surya
- "persuade?" There was no question of "persuasion." It was a warzone at the time..):
- Why do you think that more weightage is being given to what Mamata is saying than what she is doing ? Should all her real good work be discounted because she is not a polished speaker. Asked by: Dev
- Good question. I do think there is a systematic campaign to discredit her and the disaster-a-day stories are perhaps being exaggerated. Peace in Darjeeling and Junglemahal --relative peace--are certainly significant achievements. But she does score too many self-goals by speaking on every controversial issue before the facts are properly established
- Political intolerance, and partiality in administration machinery was what the people of bengal voted against... Has the scenario changed for better?? Asked by: Arko Banerjee
- Good question--poribortion, in my opinion, has been stalled. Bengal is back to the "aamra-ora" political culture that the CPM created. Mamata's slogan was bodla noy bodol chai--not revenge but change. But it seems that revenge has won out over change.Jyotipriyo Mallick's speech to TMC workers not to touch the Left even with your left hand smacks of a social apartheid.
- What a shame that we have a nonchalant, arrogant and an uncharitable Chief Minister in Mamata Banerjee..!! Her ways are leading her into "political" self-destruct mode... What next for Bengal??? Do we really have someone who can stand above party polity and serve without any bias?? It hurts when someone of the stature of CM labels JU (my alma mater) as anti state(sic)!! Asked by: Pranjal Sengupta
- Mamata di needs to realise that she's chief minister of west bengal, not just of the Trinamool.Even if people hold Leftist views, that is their right. She needs to win hearts and minds and it seems she doesn't have a clue on how to do that..
- Last friday She gave labell group of students as Maoist /CPIM and quit the discussion. Does any people has right to express his/her political view as CPM/maoist, after all they are not banned political wing. Asked by: sarthak
- Good point. People have every right to hold Leftist views. Mamata's point is that they were Maoists which is a banned organisation and therefore she could not take questions from members of a banned organisation!! I thought Taniya Bhardwaj's open letter to her was a superb riposte.
- Why the English Media is magnifying incidents like Children's deaths and other incidents that take place in West Bengal Why it is trying to throw mire on Mamata Banarjee a self made leader who did the wonder of ousting the non Performing CPM 34 Years Government in West Bengal? Is she not concentrating on the Development of West Bengal? Is one Year not a small period to assess a person's performance?By doing this is English Media not loosing Credibility with the people? Asked by: Raghava Rao Karavadi
- Actually, most people want her to succeed. The media was once her biggest supporter and built her up no end. But in this age of 24*7 media, every action of political leaders is being scrutinised and commented on.Frankly, Mamata pays too much attention to what the media is saying. She should set her own administrative agenda.
- Dear Sagarika, What is Mamata's most important achievement? One view that I have is media today gives lot of criticism, but it also needs to give accolades wherever needed and project achievements before the people. Thanks Asked by: Narayanan S
- Very true. Which is why we at CNNIBN have done stories on how the Mamata govt has brought a great deal of peace in a Maoist-torn area like Junglemahal.The killing of Kishanji was widely covered. But leaders need to set an administrative agenda for the media to cover it..
- Sagarika, wasn't it in a bad tatste when Didi quit the show? How did you feel then? Do you think she quit in frustration? Asked by: Shyam Vadalker Vadodara
- Was a real self-goal. She missed an opportunity to win hearts and minds. It was terribly bad mannered and rude to the audience who had come to hear her..
- Former Judge Katju has judged her as Dynamic. Which are the areas in WB where her energy from the dynamism has been proactively used for the elfare of the public ??? Asked by: sundar1950in
- Lets put it this way, I still maintain that she's a terrific politician. She's grassroots, energetic and she knows the pulse of the people. She has single handedly built a party, relentlessly attacked the cpm for decades. She's admirable in many ways. Perhaps Katju was eluding to her political dynamism.
- The way Mamta behaved was unceremonial for a CM. Should there be a guidelies for politicians to behave in public? Asked by: Swapna
- Very very shocking for a chief minister to behave this way in public. Indeed.
- Is Mamta under real threat of physical retaliation by the leftist.Why did she go paranoid on the cartoon affair and hold the professor of getting her VANISHED ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
- I thought the point she made about cyber crime was interesting. That the professor was engaging in cyber crime and thats why the police investigated him. This could have been a plausible defence, I suppose. But her point about the cartoon being a plot to kill her was truly bizarre..I saw the cartoon, Vanish clearly refers to Dinesh trivedi!
- After this show do you think Can really mamata make any poribartan in bengal? Asked by: Anupam chakraborty
- She has lost a lot of public sympathy. Yelling and accusing 19 year olds is really rather shocking. Youth power is Bengal's greatest resource and its tragic that anyone would want to kill the spirit of young people..I found the whole episode tragic.
- What if the girl being called Maoist by Mamata on a national television, sues her in court? Asked by: Hari Krishna
- ha ha..that would be interesting, would it not.
- mamta has been pleading with centre for moratorium on the debt of her state,for which she was not ressponsible.She got no help.Her not endorsing Pranabda for Presidency is a tit for tat ?? Asked by: sundar1950in
- Maybe. Her refusal to endorse Pranab was surprising though. Without Pranab there would have been no TMC Cong alliance as Bengal Cong leaders like Adhir Choudhury and Somen Mitra were opposed to a tie up with her. Maybe she feels Pranab as pres would get tough on her. Or maybe she's doing it for Sonia Gandhi. Sonia is reportedly not keen on Pranab as he may not be as much of a cong loyalist as she would like.!!
- Power, to alleviate the sufferings of masses was given to Mamta.Any noticeable use of power to report In WB ??? Asked by: sundar1950in
- She needs to urgently revitalise her administration. This means trusting the police and trusting the bureaucracy more. When a chief minister herself goes to a police station, she sends the wrong signal. Every successful chief minister empowers the bureaucrats and uses them effectively. The police too should be separated from the party. Its a tough task, she suffers from the burden of high expectations, its not easy to set right thw wrongs of 34 years in one year. But so far she's not given an indication that she knows how to get the administration working..
- how embarrassed are you when mamta quit the show , how would you handle if you get another opportunity to interview mamta. Asked by: palanisamy
- I was truly shocked. When a politician walks out from an interview with a journalist, its one thing. But to walk out of an audience of Kolkata citizens who had specially come to meet her and listen to her, I thought was very insulting to them. I particularly felt bad for those college kids. We should rejoice in the intelligence and spunk of our young people, not try to cow them down.
- With that kind of majority, the CM has the state waiting to be won over!what is happening is sadly otherwise. Has the lady devoleped a morbid fear of failure? Does she know of the character of the people around her and accordingly sceptical? How do you read her? Asked by: Dipankar Mukherjee
- I read her as a charismatic and effective politician. But the mandate fell into her lap, she did not build a movement that got a mandate. Before Nandgram and Singur she had been a political loner, a maverick, the huge backlash against Singur and Nandigram propelled her to power. I travelled with her on the campaign trail last year--I found her warm, funny, affectionate and bright. I called her a ma durga in a cotton sari. But I wonder where that mamata has disappeared now. Now she seems full of anger and bitterness, without good advisors and gripped by a persecution mania. Its very very sad. I feel heartbroken actually.
- our CM quited ur programme but after that she had given interview to u, who is very close to MAMATA BANERJEE. wot's the chemistry? Asked by: uttal ghosh
- We`re fond of each other in a way, although politicians and journalists can never be friends. I travelled for a week with her in North bengal, and shared many adventures with her. She's actually a wonderful person when she wants to be. Yes after her walkout I kept calling her and asking her to return. She refused but said she would give me a few minutes in her office. I think she regretted what she had done. She admitted that one of her negative points is that she speaks her mind too much. We carried that comment in the interview we aired today.
- Does the INC still hold the TMC in allaiance in WB ??? Asked by: sundar1950in
- The Congress TMC alliance is going to be the space to watch out for. In the forthcoming polls, city and panchayat polls Congress and TMC are not fighting together. Her insistence that Pranab is not a Bengal son of the soil but someone who belongs to the world seems aimed at denying Pranab any space in Bengal.
- I request that CNN IBN should conduct a similar interveiw show in chennai with jayalalitha Asked by: Samuel
- Thats a very good point. Of all the chief ministers in India, Mamata is the only one who would come before an audience and sit with them and talk to them. In that sense she's much more democratic than Jaya Maya and Modi and Nitish. Sad that she could not carry it off.
- Why was jyoti Basu not grilled in such an intense manner over the years as is Mamta as she has struggled more to be in power and for people than any other politician of the state Asked by: Rij
- Jyoti Basu never had to deal with 24*7 electronic media. The presence of the media is transfoming politics today and politicians just have to learn to deal with it. Not just electronic media but also social media. I don't think the Left would have lasted as long as it did if the media had been around 30 years ago.
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Deputy Editor, CNN-IBN