Trinamool Congress party supporters celebrate outside the residence of party leader Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. Her victory marked the end of the Communist government
A major blow for freedom came in India this week. The mercurial Mamata Banerjee, 56, led her Trinamool Congress party to a decisive victory over the Communist Party of India (Marxist). This ended the reign of a party that proudly displayed portraits of Karl Marx and Josef Stalin on office walls, held politburos and whose members called one another "comrade."
Banerjee's decisive win — her party took three-quarters of the state's 294 seats — turns her into a powerhouse on the national stage.