On Friday, West government has said that those Durga Puja organizers who are planning to perform idol immersion on the day of Muhharam (Ekasadhi) will need to take prior permission from the police department. The government also made it clear that permissions for immersions on the day of Muhharam will depend on situation and circumstances and if the police department feels they may not grant permission.
This notification of the West Bengal Government is contrary to the judgment which Kolkata High Court passed on Thursday. On Thursday in its judgment the High Court said that Durga Idol immersion shall continue everyday till 12am without any kind of restriction.
The question is why does the West Bengal Government feel that communal clashes might break out if two communities observe their respective religious practices on the same day? Specially when the Government claims that there is great communal harmony in the state. Very interestingly this contradiction in claims and actions of the West Bengal Government was also observed by the High Court. “If you say there is complete harmony, are you (the state administration) not creating a line of division between the two communities by your action?” the court questioned the Government on Wednesday.
Why is the West Bengal Government so desperate to restrict the Idol immersions on the day of Muhharam that they are not even shying away from going against the judgment of the high court?The Muslim fundamentalists of West Bengal are stronger than ever under the rule of TMC because of their Muslim appeasing policies. Now it is possible that Muslim fundamentalists of West Bengal are putting pressure on the Government to stop Idol Immersions on the Day of Muhharam.
And TMC government seems to be trying their best to fulfill the wishes of their favorite vote bank. It is also a possibility that the Government of West Bengal is sensing that some Muslims might create chaos on the day of Muhharam if their wishes are not fulfilled. The TMC will not be able to take any kind of action against the Muslims if clashes break out on Muhharam because of their Muslim appeasing policies and the dominance of Muslim community in the party. That is why the Government might be thinking that restricting the Idol immersion on the day of Muhharam is the solution of all the problems which may come their way.
But then again these are just speculations based on what is observed in West Bengal. But one thing is for sure the desperation of the West Bengal Government to restrict Durga Idol immersions is not something usual