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Will Mamata's second term mark a fresh start for industry in Bengal?

The populist measures Mamata Banerjee took in the last five years helped her win the elections; some fear that this could set the tone of her government for the next five years

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathy administers the oath of secrecy to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during swearing-in ceremony in Kolkata. PTI
West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathy administers the oath of secrecy to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during swearing-in ceremony in Kolkata. PTI

As the cameras started rolling on May 27 when Mamata Banerjee took oath as the chief minister of West Bengal for a second term, the question uppermost on people's mind was: what direction will the state take in the next five years? In 2011, West Bengal was seething with anger against a 34-year Left Front regime; the embers of the land agitation movements in Singur and Nandigram were glowing; Lalgarh had transcended from an ideological battlefield between the Left and ultra-Left to a fierce battle scene; civil society represented by a motley group of artists, poets, actors was ...