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Aurobindo and Jugantar - Published by Shri Mohendra Nath Datt

Arun Chandra Guha ()
Sat, 23 Nov 96 19:29:10 EST

Title : Aurobindo and Jugantar
Author : Arun Chandra Guha
Publication : Published by Shri Mohendra Nath Datt
Date :

"Man-made Famine". Even the statesman - the principal
organ of British imperialist interests in India then -
styled this famine as the "man-made famine". When grains
were allowed to rot in many open places and in godowns,
people were dying of starvation. It was reported that on
Jessore railway platform grains covered with tarpaulin
sheets were allowed to get spoiled during the heavy mon-
soon rains. Government deliberately designed these.
Denial Policy, Scorched Earth Policy, the Anti-Fascist
campaign etc. Non-Indian soldiers-Americans and British-
were posted in many places. They had to be satisfied in
their lust for women flesh. With the help of some politi-
cal workers, the Government organised W.A.C. (Women's
Auxiliary Corps). It was organised in the name of doing
social service-providing entertainment-for the foreign
occupation army. Human flesh became cheap for the jack-
als, dogs and vultures as also for the sex-hungry foreign
soldiers. The W.A.C. was suspected to be instrumental in
that shameful work of satisfying the sex hunger of those
soldiers. The only political party allowed to function
then was the Communist Party which was the unfailing
supporter of the Government in all these nefarious meas-

With the help of the Communist Party, the Government was
undermining the moral of the people; generally speaking,
the Press yielded to threats, pressure and inducements.
The far-off fascism of Hitler and Mussolini was allowed
to cover up the worst fascist rule in India. During that
famine the notorious `gruel kitchens' were opened in
rural and urban areas, mostly organised by the CPI work-
ers, often financed by the black-marketeers and hoarders
who had helped the Government in creating the famine.

As a Bengali, I am proud of Bengal's culture-its social
and political sense; but during this period from behind
the prison wall through newspapers (then allowed) and
through letters, censored and smuggled, we had to get
shameful stories of the total collapse of that tradition
of Bengal. Journalists, intellectuals, literary men,
educationists, jurists-practically all were made to lend
their support to the nefarious campaign of the Government
to undermine India's final fight for independence.

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