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Retired, Nazrul Islam talks ‘poriborton’

On CPM expelling its MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah, he said, it was just the beginning. “I had spoken against the system and was targeted. Mollah spoke.”

Former IPS officer Nazrul Islam launching his three books at Kolkata Press Club, Monday. Partha Paul Former IPS officer Nazrul Islam launching his three books at Kolkata Press Club, Monday. Partha Paul

He may have fallen out of favour of the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal, but it seems former IPS officer Nazrul Islam shares the passion for “poriborton” (change) with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He, however, claims he is no hurry to jump into politics.
“I will have to educate my people, create an awareness and after that, if they want that we should form a political party, then we will take a decision,” Islam said while launching three books that he had penned during his days in service.  He reired on February 28.
“The so-called minority are the real majority. Organising them for another ‘poribortan’, (we) will have to face a lot of oppression. They will have to learn to tackle those,” he said, adding that no political party, was interested in working for the upliftment of the backward class. “I had been approached by the Aam Aadmi Party and I know how they work against corruption. But they too are not doing much for the backward class”.
Asked if he would join the ruling party if Trinamool Congress approached him, he said, “None of the TMC leaders have the courage to make me any such offer”.
On CPM expelling its MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah, he said, it was just the beginning. “I had spoken against the system and was targeted. Mollah spoke.”
Asked which government, between the Left and the TMC, was better, he said, “The Left had some party structure and thus had control over their cadres. So the corruption was also was under their control. In the case of TMC, there is no control on cadres and thus no control over corruption as well.”
He said he was yet to receive any official confirmation on the High Court setting aside the Central Administrative Tribunal’s (CAT) order regarding the promotion of five IPS officers, which he had challenged. “I will move Supreme Court against the HC order.”
He said that soon after he became unpopular with the Left Front leaders, Mamata Banerjee, as the then Railway minister, offered him to come to Delhi and work in her ministry but that too was done looking at the poll prospects. “She took me for getting votes and not for my honesty. In Delhi, I was given an irregular post  and there, I investigated a corrupt senior officer and found him guilty. I later found that he had bribed his way out,” he said.

In his books, political satire on a queen, her coterie of sycophants

The three books he released Monday — Mool Nibashir Istehar (The Manifesto of the Mool Nibashi (downtrodden); Ulongini Rani  (The Naked Queen) and Bhaotadir Bhar Samuho (Collection of False Promises) — are mostly political satires against the state government.
Mool Nibashir Istehar is about how during the Vedic ages, a small coterie declared themselves as the upper class and ruled over the vast majority by keeping them deprived. This system, he said, is prevalent even in the present day.
The other two books are works of fiction about a woman ruler of a place called Ajobpur. There is a stark resemblance between TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with the protagonists of the books.
Ulongini Rani is a compilation of poems about the queen who thought she was the only intelligent creature in the kingdom. Taking advantage of this, someone sold her a non-existent dress saying it was a thin fabric and she went out wearing the ‘new dress’. The group of sycophants that she went around with, praised her ‘dress’ when actually she was all exposed.
The book also talks about how her group of ministers collected huge amounts of money from chit fund companies and handed it over to the queen. One of the characters is named Bishtu, who, just like the Birbhum TMC leader Anubrata Mondal, says that members of the Opposition should be bombed. The Queen stands by Bishtu and says he is “innocent.”
Bhaotadir Bhar Samuho is again a novel about the queen of Ajobpur, Dr Bhaota Allergy, and her group of boot-licking jesters.
He launched this literary attack after retirement but the preparation was on for months ahead. “Mool Nibashir Istehar and Bhaotadir Bhar Samuho were ready before the Panchayat elections but the publisher didn’t want to publish it then. Some of the poems of Ulongini Rani had been written less than a month ago,” he said, adding that two more books would be released in a couple of weeks.

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