At the same time, the ‘Revolution Has Been Postponed But the Days of Neoliberalism are Numbered’ folks are appalled that their Joan of Kalighat is posing with a poster boy of (Gujarati!) capitalism. A few, of course, who always thought Didi was the cat’s paw for a more, shall we say, money-minded party are now murmuring, ‘We told you so,’ in dire dialectics.
But what’s up? One cliche, at least, is down. A CM who’s honed her metier by being hostile towards men in suits – in a terrain that has taken perverse pleasure in being hostile to men in suits – knows that one way to keep her legacy growing (in time and geography) is, to take a line from Donald-da, to Make Bengal Great Again – for which wealth creation isn’t a bad idea.
And, making wealth creators not feel like class enemies in the Soviet Union is a good start. But the best thing that Gautam-da and Didi have done is confuse folks about their set notions. Not just about Ma, Money, Manush, but also about thinking of doing business with Bengalis.