The Revolutionary Road to Singur


The Revolutionary Road to Singur

Illustration: Akshita Monga


t was the scalding summer of 2006.

The sky was clear and the sun was blazing overhead. Amiya Dhara was pulling out weeds on his paddy field in Gopalnagar village near Singur, 65 kilometres from Kolkata. The summer days stretched longer for Dhara – a dark middle-aged man with a protruding belly and wiry arms – and the other farmers, as they waited eagerly for the monsoon while toiling alone on their lands. But that fateful morning, the lonesome farmers of Gopalnagar had visitors – officers clad in formal clothes.