In November 2007, terror was once again unleashed in Nandigram. Through Operation Nutan Surjauday(Operation New Dawn), the CPI(M) sent its armed goons to "recapture" Nandigram, leading to huge numbers of people fleeing their homes, many wounded and missing,some dead, burning of houses and huge suffering. It was a war by a powerful party on unarmed people. These events , full of cruelty and injustice, evoked an equally strong reaction from citizens of the state. One such reaction resulted in a unique experiment in Kolkata, where the Nandigram Manch for 47 days occupied the heart of Kolkata in a dharna, with many conscious citizens, irrespective of their political differences, collaborated to protest against the injustice in Nandigram. The dharnasthal at Metro channel became a centre for mobilising support for the people of Nandigram.
What do the people of Nandigram have to say today , five years after the event?? How do activists evaluate today the events that took place five years ago? What has been the impact of those events on life in Bengal, on the anti-SEZ movement , on the resistance to land acquisition and the resistance to terror?
On the occasion of thethe fifth anniversary of Operation Nutan Surjuday, the Nandigram Manch is to once again raising questions that are relevant for the people of Nandigram and for all the other Nandigrams that exist elsewhere. We are organising a programme of reflection on events in Nandigram, their aftermath and lessons for today.Besides a discussion amongst various social activists who were part of those events and are still active, the programme's main attraction is the release of a documentary film entitled "Surjaudayer Deshe" (In The Land Of The Dawn) with concept and research by Sukumar Mitra and Direction by Tushar Bhattacharya.Sukumar Mitra has been a consistent and dedicated journalist during the most troubled times in Nandigram, giving an eye witness account about what was happening there, while Tushar Bhattacharya has many documentaries on controversial subjects (Morijhapi being one of them) to his credit
We would request your presence to view the film and to participate in the discussions there.
Date :- 10th November 2011 (Thursday)
Venue:- Kolkata Press Club
Time :- 4 PM to 6 PM