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IX Std Orphan Girl Brutally Raped, Left To Die Near Tollygunge In Kolkata

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Bengal Chief Minister finds immense pride in claiming her State is safe and women are secured, atleast that is what she had said recently in an interview to a Bengali private satellite channel. Has she forgotten the numerous cases that had immediately taken place after Park Street gangrape case. Not to forget the poor teenager who met similar fate at Kamduni like Delhi brave heat. In this same interview, she said she has the fastest judiciary and she ensures that verdict is pronounced. I recall how she had sent then Investigating Officer Damayanti Sen on an oblivion posting who had dared to prove Banerjee wrong in Park Street gengrape case by saying that gangrape did take place. Rest is history and perhaps we all know the story.

Well, the recent one has taken place in the heart of the city near Tollygunge. The class 11 girl did not return to her Jadavpur house last evening, today a newspaper vendor found her in pool of blood with torn clothes around 7 AM.

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Till now the news has spread like wild fire and once again, again, again and again to infinity has ashamed Kolkata. According to reports an orphan girl aged between 15 to 16 years was found in a pool of blood on the road near BD Memorial School in Tollygunge, South Kolkata. Needless to mention she was brutally raped or gangraped (yet to be confirmed).

Mamata Banerjee’s police and Trinamool activists in the area are allegedly obstructing and not allowing people from media and press to meet victim’s family. Even it is not know if anf FIR has been lodged. The victim was admitted in MR Bangur Hospital in a critical condition and will undergo an operation shortly.

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So, Madam Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, I hope this is not an ‘sajano ghotona’ (concocted incident), ‘choto ghotona’ (small or petty incident), “chokranto” (attempt to defame her government) and finally “bohiragoto der kaaj” (work of outsiders), the four typical jargon or catch phrase used by her on an average, seeing this her party members too follow…

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CONDEMN! with capital ‘C’, is this the Kolkata we had known…Without any preferences for political shades or colour, I have no hesitation in saying previous Congress and Left Regime was better than Trinamool regime…Finally, Madam Banerjee, will you sit now on a dharna near the venue…

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Protest Against Rapes, Gangrapes, Molestation, Stalking

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Suddenly, the social media has become active after the shameful incidents of Unnao gangrape and Katrhua gangrape. Is it a ‘FAD’ to raise voice or stage protest against rapes, gangrapes as we see these days on social media. Pardon my ‘sarcasm’ but I cannot keep my temper cool when I see people taking to social media to raise their voice against crimes ‘occasionally’ like now days.
I shall explain, why I said I am being sarcastic, the reason is I saw this aggregation and anger grueling among people on social media during Delhi Brave Heart (Jyoti Singh Pandey) gang rape case. I fail to understand why people go into hibernation and stop raising their voices continuously. Has rapes, molestation, stalkings stopped after Jyoti Pandey. Has the administration done something big to stop these menace that had inspired these protesters who had taken social media by storm. Why then the protests took a back stage and wait for another Unnao or Kathua to take place.
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I recall our MPs sobbing the day debate on new rape law was being tabled in the Parliament. Entire country saw Jaya Bachchna to Smriti Irani even many male MPs in tears. West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had even penned a poem ‘nei’ in memory of poor Jyoti Singh Pandey. I fail to understand why then these people became silent when rapes, murder were taking place at rampant even in Mamata Banerjee’s own state. The most infamous remains the brutal gangrape of teenage girl in Kamduni which was on the lines of Jyoti Pandey.
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I am sarcastic because I fail to understand why then these people became silent when rapes, murder were taking place at rampant even in Mamata Banerjee’s own state. The most infamous remain the brutal gangrape of teenage girl in Kamduni which was on the lines of Jyoti Pandey.
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My sarcasm is also against my own fraternity – journalists which calls itself the ‘Fourth Estate’ with pride. Delhi Brave Heart or Jyoti Pandey incident was used by many media houses to to gain TRP and circulation. The victim was called by many names as a reputed media house called her ‘Nirbhaya’, while another called her ‘Damini’, another called her ‘Amanat’. We all witnessed how Delhi-ites had come on the streets of Capital and blocked traffic for days until then Home Minister Shinde’s atrocious order to lathi charge the mob to disperse which was condemned by all quarters but that’s a different story and I am not going into details.
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After all nothing has stopped, on the contrary the crime graph against women saw a rise. Barely a week after Jyoti Singh Pandey’s incident an infant was brutally gangraped on the lines Jyoti in a Gurgaon school but nothing happened.
Rest is history, almost everyday cases of molestation, eve-teasing, rapes, gangrapes and stalking have surfaced but neither administration not the media have reacted the way it did in  Jyoti’s case. I was surprised that this crowd too remained silent taking total back stage which came on roads so heavily giving an impression that they will not tolerate such menace in future.
I recall two teenage sisters in Uttar Pradesh had committed suicide after being regularly stalked. Again nobody raised voice. There are hundreds of instances when protest like this was required but nothing happened. Isn’t shame that girls taking their lives scared of stalking. Shame on administration.
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Coming back to the topic, this is why I said I feel these protests or raising voice against Unnao gangrape or Kathua gangrape are inconsistant. The need of the hour is continuous protest on social media. Daily posts that will gradually create a ‘revolution’ like situation.
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Enough of pep-talks, enough of condemnation, the time has come to take stand. If males have failed to protect the dignity of women the it’s high time women should step in and take the plunge to protect themselves and if required take law in own hands. The need of the hour is to have stringent punishment that will infuse a ‘fear factor’ which is missing. I have been always saying that only option is Bobbitt’s Law. If carnal desire is so strong that these rapists do not hesitate to destroy innocent lives, kill them then they should also face similar fate. Their organ should be chopped off and that too in public.

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This is what I was trying to say while writing this blog. Just as I decided to sign off the blog, I came across this news. The body of an unidentified minor girl was found from Bhestan locality in Gujarat’s Surat earlier this month with “86 injury marks” and officials suspect that she had been held captive, tortured and raped over a period of time, a police officer said on Sunday. The body of the girl, believed be in the age group of 9 to 11 years, was spotted lying in bushes in a cricket ground in the locality on April 6 by some passersby, who informed police.

 

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Sorry PM! Satyajit Ray made Varanasi famous ages ago to French with his works

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Here after people in France will come to know of Varanasi which may have been in oblivion but after President Marcon’s visit Varanasi will be a known name to all in France. These were the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi adressing a public gathering at Varanasi. I have my reservations and I am sure those who have a good understanding of art, culture, cinema and fashions will agree with my view. 
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The city of Varanasi is already quite famous among French people and the credit goes to none other than Great Master Satyajit Ray who had a great admiration among French people. It is due to this appreciation and admiration Ray had received the Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honour, the highest decoration in France in 1987 from French President Francois Mitterrand had come to Calcutta specially to honour Satyajit Ray. We all have watched the Great Master receiving the award at Raj Bhawan and many of us have the video and audio of his speech (archival value).   
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Coming back to context, Satyajit Ray was himself a great admirer of the picaresque locales and mesmerising beauty of city of temples Varanasi. He had shot a couple of his films in the city and explored the beauty through the lenses. Infact, he had expressed his love for this city many of his interviews.
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So, no prizes for guessing that average people in France know Bengal and Kolkata if not much about India and back home people in Bengal have great admiration for French art, culture and not to forget architecture. Infact, French had first came to Pondicherry (Puducherry) and had set up colony. People in France since had been admiring the works of Satyajit Ray. Infact, he had made a special cinema ‘Piku’s Day’ for the French Television.
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People back in Bengal, also share similar love and admiration for France predominantly because of the rich art, culture, music, dance, cinema and not to forget fashions.
 
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Sharing some ‘nostalgic’ memories on Christmas…

Merry Christmas to all of you in advance! Just a few more hours to go when Lord Jesus will be born to Mother Merry and Father Joseph in a manger in Bethlehem. Christmas has been a very special ‘Day’ for all of us. I am sharing the photographs (taken by me from my roof) of St. Stephen’s Church situated at Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri (Old Delhi).

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This church holds very special memories rather ‘nostalgic memories’ as we used to live in this area and from my roof I used to watch the beauty of this church especially during Christmas when the church would be painted and lights fitted, it would be decked up in the festive look. I would stand till late night watching at the church and decorations (getting good scolding from my parents being cold) but I would still on some ploy or the other would go to roof.

As the clock would stuck midnight, the church bell would start ringing and I would run to the balcony or roof beating the biting cold to watch the bell. With the ringing of the bell, the king is born who had come as a savior of mankind. The King called Jesus Christ as he called himself a good shepherd who had come to protect the lives of people.

As if I can still hear the ringing of Bell at midnight. Now, part of ‘nostalgic’ memories. On this day, I always miss these ‘nostalgic’ moments…

This church holds immense significance for me which I will subsequently share…

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Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi…Shashi Kapoor dies at 79…

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Shashi Kapoor dies, an era has ended with him – era of Prithwiraj Kapoor, the doyen of Kapoor Khandan as fondly called while referring to this iconic family also called the first cine family of Bollywood. The legacy that was passed on from Prithwiraj Kapoor to their sons Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor which they had passed on subsequently to the next generation of Kapoors but I am not going into the family tree or their contributions which is immense and still the process in on.
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I recall first watching Shashi Kapoor on TV as we in our childhood was not much exposed to films like today’s generation but we had a great companion (if I may call so) and that was the television which was the ultimate platform for entertainment and many of us I am sure will agree that our schooling to cinema (whatever we have learnt or developed within) had began with this iconic “idiot box’ in early 80’s. Watching this actor on Chitrahaar, Sunday cinema and so on…I recall hearing him during the Film Festival when he had shared so many personal memories about his family, brothers and the cine industry. It was during one such interview Shashi Kapoor had said for him, the ultimate romantic hero was elder brother Shammi Kapoor with his westernized looks and acting. He had also said that “now watching my acting on screen, I feel ashamed as they look so childish” a confession from a real actor who was whimsical of his characters and perhaps this why Shashi Kapoor did not stay obsessed with the cult Commercial Cinema but acted in many parallel cinema and few experimental cinema (a wave that took cinema by its stride during early 70’s and late 80’s).
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Shashi Kapoor and English films especially in British and American films, under the iconic Merchant Ivory productions run by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory that had been his second family as their association had grown stronger. Shashi Kapoor acted in numerous films under the banner like The Householder (1963), Shakespeare Wallah (1965) (opposite his sister-in-law Felicity Kendal), Bombay Talkie (1970) and Heat and Dust (1982) in which he co-starred with his wife Jennifer Kendal, The Deceivers (1988) and Side Streets (1998). Apart from Ivory productions, he had acted in other British and American films like ‘Matter Of Innocence’ (1967)), ‘Siddhartha’ (1972), ‘Sammy and Rosie Get Laid’ (1987), and Muhafiz (1994). James Ivory directed Kapoor in the first Merchant Ivory production The Householder, then in Shakespeare-Wallah, Bombay Talkie and Heat and Dust while Ismail Merchant directed him in In Custody (1993).
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It was during late 50’s Shashi Kapoor met English actress Jennifer Kendal in then Calcutta now Kolkata. in 1956 while both were working for their respective theatre groups. Shashi was both assistant stage manager as well as an actor for his father’s theatre group, Prithvi Theatre. Geoffrey Kendal’s Shakespearean group was also present at the same time in Calcutta and Jennifer was Geoffrey’s daughter. They fell in love and after facing initial opposition from the Kendals got married to Jenifer in July 1958. Both of them had acted in a number of films together. In 1984, Jenifer Kendal died due to cancer. Shashi Kapoor loved Jenifer immensely and did not re-marry.
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Both of them were blessed with three children – Kunal Kapoor (who had acted in Vijeta), Karan Kapoor (he too had acted in a few films like Loha and Saltanat but he is most remember for his modelling with Bombay Dying in 80’s) and daughter Sanjana (she too has acted in a few films like Hero Hiralal. She took charge of the Prithvi Theatre which was established on 5 November 1978 in Mumbai.
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Being a true actor he showed guts and courage to criticize the typical Hindi cinema which had been showing things that had nothing to do with reality rather many impractical and abnormal things. It was this quest for good cinema Shashi Kapoor acted in films like – ‘Muhafiz’ (1994), ‘In Custody’ (1993), ‘Junoon’ (1978), ‘Utsav’ (1984) to name a few. Also he had produced many of these. He also produced 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) directed by Aparna Sen. His wife Jenifer Kendal had done a wonderful acting in this film which revolves around a lonely Anglo lady residing in Kolkata who teaches conversation English in a reputed convent school in the city and subsequently gets cheated by her two ex-students whom she had trusted immensely. However, Aparna Sen bagged National Award for the film but Jenifer did not receive any award which had made him upset and he had shared his feelings in one of his interview on Doordarshan.
 
Shashi Kapoor had produced and directed a fantasy film titled Ajooba which was a Indo-Russian project and starred his fequent co-star Amitabh Bachchan and nephew Rishi Kapoor in the lead. The film however could not make money on the box-office.
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Shashi Kappor shared a wonderful relationship with Great Master Satyajit Ray who had also penned a couple of scripts of Ivory films.
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It was this fondness for Shashi Kapoor, Satyajit Ray had taken him in Satyajit Ray Presents (directed by Sandip Ray for Doordarshan in 1985), “Kissa Kathmandu Ka” which was based on his Feluda adventure story – “Joto Kelenkari Kathmandu Te” and Shahsi Kapoor played Feluda.
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He was not keeping well since long and bid adieu to films in late 90’s with Side Streets being his last film. On 20 July 2012, Shashi Kapoor underwent a cataract surgery at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai. Shashi Kapoor was admitted in Kokilaben Hospital on December 3, 2017 reportedly for chest infection. On December 4, 2017, he breathed his last at around 5:30 pm.
Remembering song from his film ‘Kaala Patthar’ (1979) – “Ek Raasta Hai Zindagi Jo Tham Gaye To Kuch Nahin…”
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