Those three days—March 13, 14 and 15—best exposed the brutal mindset of the Left parties in the country and the chicanery of the Indian liberals at different levels. On the first day, we saw the Left MPs in the Lok Sabha attack members of one of their own political allies in the government. The Marxists surged towards Union shipping minister T.R. Baalu of the DMK when he sought to place a bill on creating a maritime university in Chennai. No sense of parliamentary etiquette, not even calls for restraint from a senior partyman who is now the Speaker, stopped them. The papers were yanked out of Baalu's hands and torn, worse, the Communists threatened the minister and hit him. But for the intervention of some members of other parties, there would have been bloodshed in the House.
The next day, the Communists again vented fury, this time it was a massacre in the Left-ruled West Bengal. The cadres surrounded the green fields of Nandigram where the locals were protesting the government's plan to take over their land for setting up a chemicals complex by a foreign business group. The protesters—closely chased by party goons who had even ensured that all the approach roads to the area were cut off—were run through and shot dead. Like cattle.