Hillary Clinton meet Mamata Banerjee, lavishes praise

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    Ego massaged by Hillary Clinton, Mamata Banerjee positive on US investments - The Economic Times

    KOLKATA: If what Mamata Banerjee communicated is what Hillary Clinton said, then it augers extremely well for West Bengal. "Madam Hillaryji said that there is a lot of scope for employment generation and building of industry in West Bengal. In fact, she said, that they have chosen Bengal as a partner state for investment and development. She also said that it wasn't possible so long to do so due to the political dispensation in this state," chief minister Mamata Banerjee told newsmen after her meeting with the US secretary of state on Monday.

    "We are all extremely happy over the outcome of our one-hour meeting. I would say it was positive, constructive, creative and concrete," Banerjee said.

    Clinton's meeting with Mamata Banerjee was hyped beyond measure in the local media and speculation ran riot about what Hillary Clinton may want to discuss with a mere chief minister. Whatever they might have discussed, Banerjee made it very clear that she would talk only about matters she could reveal, but nothing more. In reply to questions, the chief minister vehemently denied that any talks took place on the critical issues of FDI in retail or on the Teesta waters-sharing agreement with Bangladesh.

    "I suggested that US investment in Bengal can come in areas like information technology, software development, manufacturing, education, healthcare and even in the construction of a deep sea port in the Sundarbans area" Banerjee said. "I also said that Bengal has been traditionally a cultural hotspot. Therefore, culture tourism has every chance of emerging as a big-ticket investment. I also suggested that Tollywood, Bollywood and Hollywood can all work hand-in-hand so that this region can become a hub for the entertainment industry" Banerjee said.

    "They want to invest substantially in Bengal and they are prepared to extend any help as may be necessary to promote such investment. The US side said that they are ready to provide whatever help necessary to develop Bengal," Banerjee added. The chief minister said she had also told Ms Clinton about the state's 2 lakh crore, or $40 billion debt inherited from the Left Front government. Exactly what Clinton can do in this case wasn't clear though.

    Always eager to project her growing national importance, the chief minister said: "I told Madam Hillaryji that development can take place not only in Bengal but in the whole of the eastern and north eastern region. We have jointly agreed in principle to do so." She delved into the notes her team had taken while discussions were on. "Their side said that a few cities and states in the USA would want to be partners to build up business and foster economic development in West Bengal."


    Apparently, from what Banerjee said, the US side expressed the intention of monitoring the extent of future US investment in Bengal. "I suggested that ambassador Nancy Powell from their side and our state's chief secretary could jointly coordinate in this regard," Banerjee said.

    A lady who by nature loves to bask in glory, Banerjee's monumental ego was pampered no end by the mere fact that such a highly-placed US official was in town just to meet her. But then what happened propelled her beyond the moon.

    "Madam Hillaryji said she loved the passion of my government. She said she couldn't meet up with me in New York for the Time magazine's dinner where I was chosen for you know what," Banerjee nearly blushed. "She said, that having missed me there, she wanted to come over to meet me here. You know she congratulated me for having brought to an end the 34-year old communist regime. She had all the information about me and my struggle to overthrow the Marxists," she said
     
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    Two ways to look at it. Brilliant diplomacy and thinking on the part of Congress leaders and on the flip side, absolutely ridiculous to get a state CM involved in foreign and trade policies at the center. Bad precedent.
     
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    Also very unusual for a regional leader to talk about the state (WB) debt to a foreign leader. But to a degree Ms. M B. sounds quite successful in promoting her state.
     
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    It just says a lot about the Central government when it needs to utilize the service of a foreign dignitary to convince a State CM on what is good to her State!
     
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    I would actually give credit to Mamata. She is very shrewd, and her policies can only be talked about when her term ends. Right now, she is basking in her political glory, while doing relentless damage to Indian economy. But, it's just been a year and she is making sure she is heard, just like the kid in the corner. Who knows if she really turns around Bengal into an economic hotspot.
     
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    West Bengal will never be a capitalist economy where industries thrive, at least not for a few more decades. The people's mindset is too socialist for that to happen. Mamta is no different. All of her policies so far have been socialist. She beat the Communist party through a social agenda and manifesto. She won the elections by taking on industry groups and throwing them out of the state. How can you expect industry to go back to Mamta?
     
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    Issues with posting
     
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    It is for the people to realize that it is the hardwork in the industries and not agriculture, which will give a u-turn to their life. 'Do Bigha Jameen' by Bimal Roy is still so much alive in the psyche of common Indian and specially the politicians that no amount of investment(foreign or national) is going to change their beliefs. Not to forget the debacle of Buddhadeb, who was punished by WB voters after he began changing the failed economic policies of CPI.
     
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    Trackwhack is spot on. The people in the state are too socialist minded for their own good. They sniff for conspiracy in everything and hardly are straightforward enough to call a spade a spade.
    Even to this day, the majority of the people think that Mamata was correct in throwing out Tata, such is the level of ignorance among the so called intellectuals. And boy o boy, don't even get me started on 'intellectuals'. There existence has been the singlemost significant reason why this state is in limbo all the time. Whenever there is an event, be it a case of rape or be it something like fiscal deficit. These blokes are ever ready to appear on media, take sides and confuse the public even more, which leaves the government or the culprits and the actual crime out of focus, and all the people get is more confusion.
    Now let's talk of Hillary's visit. She came with a clear agenda. To be a masseuse for a day for the cm. And by Lord, she has done a wonderful job. But the industry people being attracted to Bengal? Forget about it.
     
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    Who would like to invest in a state where the state is forever ready to either confiscate your capital or throw you out?
     
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    Hmmm..:hmm:

    Is that why Hillary came to Tamil Nadu to meet Jaya? Guess congress has found a good envoy to do its dirty tricks?
     
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    Economic reforms are dirty tricks? That's new.
     
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    :facepalm:

    Hillary should not be doing that it should be done by Central Government, its their duty to take people on board. Next if they out source running the nation to US would that be ok to?
     
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    You're being divergent.

    Now answer, how are economic refoms dirty tricks? Second time I'm asking ya!
     
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    I never disagreed with economic reforms, stop copying my style of argument. I get rude only when i have a point but you sound so of point and rude for the sake of rudeness. This is like a joke that is out of timeing. So awkward.

    We are talking of Hillary here doing reforms in India in proxy for congress, do you even get that? I wonder how you even manage to type after so much Liquor.
     
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    USA is engaging regional heavyweights, first JJ now Mamata. They're encouraging multiple power centers in India
     
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    Divide and rule comes to mind??

    We are falling for the old trick again.
     
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    Excuse me! You have a history of trolling and going offtopic, with your pathetic written english. Sometimes I wonder, if I'm conversing with an early man. Having said that, when you cannot debate, or have no points, you turn vulgar. Is that what your culture and your family has taught you?

    If you can stay on topic, debate with points, or stay out of it. Don't post for increasing post counts. You're useless with 4k posts.
     
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    You surely mean elderly man? I never troll, all my posts are on topic. If i debate with a drunk then i will become a troll. You cant even see the point, how on earth can anyone debate you. lol.
     
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    And GK, my being drunk or being sane should not bother you. I drink with my own fcuking money. I have not inherited cheap Red Label fom my grandpa which you show off, nor do I live on dole from my parents. Remember that for the final time.
     
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