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Nandigram....a touchy name of place in westbengal.I had to move there for my official work.this shot was taken on the way ,just less than one kilometer from the historic spot....why historic? people from bengal all know,as all india might know,some info for them who dont know....
Nandigram is a rural area with two commuunity development blocks in Haldia subdivision of Purba Medinipur district of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located about 70 km south-west of Kolkata, on the south bank of the Haldi River, opposite the industrial city of Haldia. The area falls under the Haldia Development Authority.

The Nandigram violence was an incident in Nandigram in the West Bengal state of India, where, on the orders of the Left Front government, more than 4,000 heavily armed police stormed the Nandigram area with the aim of stamping out protests against the West Bengal government’s plans to expropriate 10,000 acres (40 km2) of land for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to be developed by the Indonesian-based Salim Group. The police shot dead at least 14 villagers and wounded 70 more.

November 2007 violence:-
A fresh round of violence came up in November 2007, as the villagers who were thrown out of Nandigram by the BUPC returned home. The return of the villagers was marred by violence unleashed by the ruling party cadres over the resisting BUPC cadre in Nandigram. The media termed this return as a "recapture" by the CPI(M).

2008 violence:-
In May 2008, fresh violence broke out in Nandigram between supporters of the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee, and the CPM activists. Both sides exchanged fire and hurled bombs at each other, with CPM getting the worst of it. It finally led to the re-capture of the lost base by BUPC aided by the District Trinamool Congress led by Subhendu Adhikary. A status quo has been reserved since then and Nandigram remains a Trinamool stronghold, albeit by force of arms.

Some more peaceful shots will be posted soon.........."how much can it be changed"

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