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MAMATA’S WOOING OF INDUSTRY IN BENGAL

By Pratik Deb

 In the beginning of the last decade, the Left front government of West Bengal felt the urge to do ‘industrialisation’ with an additional fervour and gusto. Sure, there was Chief Minister’s annual trip to London, sure there were those occasional government ceremonies with a gathering of a few local industrialists, sure the authority was going on putting up the show of being proactive and sincere about bringing investments, but the semblance was not up to the newly set standard of emerging middle-class. It did not take long for the wizened leadership of party to figure out that in spite of its lacklustre performance and its infamy, the urban middle-class scene of the state is rapidly changing thanks to the globalised economic model adapted by the centre. So in order to meet with the evolving urban populace and their aspiration, the party decided to be, or at least to seem, more dynamic in terms of embracing the new world o