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Mukul Roy joins BJP, says will expose TMC policies

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“CPM r birudhey Trinamool Congress r protishtha hoichilo 17 December, 1997, sedin aami prothom shakhor kori” (Trinamool Congress Party was formed to fight against the atrocities and misrule of CPM and I was the first signatory) these were the opening words of Mukul Roy on Friday evening who was given a warm welcome by senior BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad into the party.

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With that Mukul Roy, once the n umber two in Trinamool Congress and close confidante of party supremo Mamata Banerjee joined the Saffron Brigade.

The joining of Roy was just a formal obligation since October before Durga Puja, it was clear that Roy would join the Saffron Brigade. He had been regularly meeting BJP senior leaders in Delhi.   One saw this last year itself when Roy maintained a distance with the Trinamool high command and even did not attend crucial party parliamentary meetings in Kolkata.

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Former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy on Friday officially joined the Bhartiya Janata Party. “Happy to inform that Mukul Roy is joining BJP, we welcome him,” senior party leader an union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at a press conference. He added that Roy’s experience will be benefit the party. “His experience will benefit us surely I believe,” said Prasad.

Talking to reporters, Roy said he is priveleged to work under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Today I have Joined BJP and it’s my proud privilege to work under PM Modi,” said Roy.

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Roy had last month quit TMC and resigned from Rajya Sabha membership after fallout with party chief Mamata Banerjee. After quitting from TMC, Roy had said all members in a party “should be comrades and not servants”.

Roy was suspended for six years for “anti-party activities” by the TMC following his announcement on September 25 that he would resign from the party after Durga Puja.

Amid speculation of his joining the BJP, Roy had said in 1998 when the TMC had seat sharing arrangement with the saffron party in West Bengal, its leadership had said that BJP is not communal. He recalled that he was one of the signatories when the Election Commission had recognised the TMC as a political party.

Last year Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee had removed Roy from general secretary position and placed her nephew Abhishek Banerjee as party general secretary. The last straw to break camel’s back was when Roy was again removed from Panchayat committee and entire responsibility was given to Abhishek Banerjee. It was an insult that Roy could not accept.

The party and Roy though kept saying that things were fine and it was the media which is being too much speculative.  Though he never made any objectionable remarks against Trinamool or party supremo Mamata Banerjee.  The fact is it was from that moment Mukul Roy had decided to quit the party.

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Mamata-Udhav meeting shows ‘ideology’ doesn’t matter in politics

Shall we assume a new equation is taking place between Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena. I know many will rebut by saying I am cynical and look ‘dark sides’ of every Mamata move but honestly I am stunned by today’s development. Predominantly because of two reasons –
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One, I have no objection her becoming anti-BJP (though it was she who had infused BJP in the state in late 90’s) but in doing that she has forgotten the basic structure or formation of Shiv Sena. Inspite of being staunch Hindu fundamentalist I have always had respects for Balasaheb Thakray for his other qualities especially a strong statesman. Mamata Banerjee’s meeting with Udhav and Aditya Thackeray has put Mamata Banerjee’s ‘secular’ identity in question. How could she forget the ‘Hindu’ fundamentalist facade of Shiv Sena. Can History forget Balasaheb Thakre’s famous words “if you are ashamed, then my boys have done it” when Babri Masjid was raised to ground on December 6, 1992, the dark day in Indian hostory.  LK Advani who had instigated the kar sevaks since his Rath Yatra days was taken aback, he was confused to see the outcome. Advani, did not expect this to happen and had expressed regrets.
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Two, Mamata Banerjee seems to have forgotten that her state is facing severe Dengue problem. She may not like to call it Dengue or shy away from ‘real’ numbers but the fact is till today deaths have taken place.
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Though, her government refuse to accept that the actual number is much more than what it claims and Dengue is gradually taking shape of an epidemic.
Well, coming back to Mamata meeting Shiv Sena, its more a personal crusade to gather all the anti-BJP factions.
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Trinamool Congress must take a stand and declare their ideology because if all these things are done to defeat Narendra Modi at the centre (which is Mamata’s personal crusade to take revenge for Sharadha, Narada, Rose Valley and likes) then its totally on vested interests, not a political crusade in the interest of India.
Besides, tomorrow when Shiv Sena will ask Trinamool to support them on some issue or the other, will Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress be able to stand beside them inspite of having ideological differences, Mamata Banerjee must gite a thought…
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Football frenzy Kolkata gearing up for #FifaU17WorldCup match

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“aajke khela r bikele ektai destination…seta holo Salt Lake” (today is football and the only destination today evening is Salt Lake City) this was what a friend told me few minutes back, its indeed a ‘red-letter day for people in football frenzy Kolkata which can go upto any extent for the game. Kolkata is going GaGa over  #FifaU17WorldCup match. Today is final match between Brazil vs England.

Well, I am myself not a sports buff but have immense respect for the frenzy (sheer love and admiration) for football. My interests in sports is predominatly – Martial Arts (Karate) and swimming. A bit of Badminton and Tennis.

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As a common saying goes in Bengali “shob khela r shera Bangali r tumi football” (nothing popular as football for any Bengali). Today’s match is thus a big event in the city no less than Durga Puja for sports lovers. It may not be Mohun Bagan or East Bengal match but you bet the excitement and emotions are same for the supporters of both the teams.

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The finals was to be played at Guwahati but it was transferred to Kolkata due to incessant rainfall.   

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It will be celebration time for the supporters of wining team while the supporters of losing team will have sleepless night, stay aloof and may even have no dinner…

Well, that’s the height of frenzy among football lovers in Bengal…

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150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita; Year long celebrations begins

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The year-long celebrations will begin from Saturday October 28, 2017. The main function will be held at to begin from Swami Vivekananda’s house situated at 3, Gourmohan Mukherjee Street, North Kolkata. Special function will be at Belur Math in Howrah.

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On November 12, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be visiting London to attend a ceremony in which the British Government will declare the house at Wimbledon where Sister Nivedita lived before she came to India in 1898 a Heritage one. On Monday, Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the newly renovated house of Sister Nivedita at 16 Bose Para Lane in Baghbazar area of north Kolkata.

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The renovated house at 16, Bose Para Lane…

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Sister Nivedita (Margaret Elizabeth Noble) inspired by Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago speech expressed her admiration for Swami Vivekananda and wanted to work with him.

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Swami Vivekananda Swami Vivekananda gave her the name Nivedita and asked her to work for the upliftment of people especially women in India. Sister Nivedita accepted his challenge and dedicated her entire life in India…Pronaam…

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World mourns death of Girija Devi; last rites in Varanasi on Thursday

Indian classical music has lost a voice.  An era has come to end with the sudden demise of noted Indian classical singer, ‘Thumri Queen’, Girija Devi fondly called fondly known “Appa ji”.She was 88.

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Born in a zamindar family at a village near Banaras on 8 May 1929, Girija Devi had taken up classical music in the very early age. An exponent of Thumri, Tappa, Chaiti, Kajri, Hori, Tarana, Sadra and other forms of Hindustani classical music,  Girija Devi was groomed in the tradition of the Benaras and Seniya gharanas. She had made her public debut on All India Radio Allahabad in 1949.

She was conferred with all three Padma awards. Girija Devi was conferred with Padma Shri in 1972, Padma Bhushan in 1989 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016. She also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship.

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Girija Devi was not keeping well since long, she was suffering from various old age related ailments.  On Tuesday afternoon, Girija Devi was admitted to BM Birla Hospital in Kolkata in a critical condition after suffering a cardiac arrest. Girija Devi breathed her last around 9 pm.

 

Noted musician and vocalist Rashid Khan said, “She was so full of warmth, I always saw her like a mother. I am deeply shocked to hear the news. I recall the special moments I have shared with her on tours and at home”.

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Eminent vocalist Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty recalled his association with Girija Devi and said, “I cannot believe the news, everybody called her ‘Appa ji” while I used call her ‘Amma’. I cannot believe that ffrom tomorrow I won’t be meeting her. I know she will fill with music where ever she is.  I am loss of words”. From musicians to her disciples and numerous admirers began reaching her residence to pay their last respects.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted to mourn the demise of Girija Devi. West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee has also paid her tributes to Girija Devi. She recalled that her government had conferred the Sangit Mahasamman and Bangabibhushan awards on the singer in 2012 and 2015 respectively.

The state government has made arrangements for people to pay their last respects. Her body will be kept at Academy on Wednesday.

Her mortal remains will be consigned to flames on the banks of River Ganges (Ganga) Thursday in Varanasi.

 

 

 

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Tributes to Mahanayak Uttam Kumar on his 37th death anniversary

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Tributes to Mahanayak Uttam Kumar on his 37th death anniversary. Not just an actor, much more than that, the charisma simply mesmerizing. Even after so years, when he is not around, yet people simply go crazy for him still today. Whenever there is a screening of his old cinema be it at the cinema hall or TV, people would simply sit and watch and bask in the ‘nostalgia’ that Uttam babu has left behind. What surprises more is when on an average, the new generation show immense apathy and would hesitate to tell on the face that they are not ready to watch old cinema least talk about actors, Uttam babu still finds place in millions of heart of young people and it is this generation which organises programmes, debates, exhibitions and talks to commemorate the birth and death anniversary of this man who still captures heart with his smile.

On this day, I felt like sharing something which will help you to know Uttam Kumar better.

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We all have heard so much about the helpful nature of Mahanayak Uttam Kumar. I had an opportunity to meet a old technician at Tollygunge (one of the studious). When he said he has seen Uttam babu, I could not stop myself from asking questions. He shared few instances but the most touching was the story that brought tears to his eyes. He said during his daughter’s wedding he had taken some money Uttam babu. He also told me that Uttam babu would never say no or show tantrums. When he managed to gather the amount and went to return to him, he said “onek boro hoye gechish na, ota raakh” (you have become very big man, keep it with you) and this man began crying, tears rolled from his eyes. He told me “dada r baan haat jantona daan haat taka diyechey, eram uni oneke diyechen, uni shotti kar r Mohanayak chilen” (dada’s left hand would not know his right hand gave money, he was like this, not just me but he helped so many people. Dada was a true Mahanayak).

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I deliberately did not divulge this man’s identity, just wanted to share this incident…

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Pity! Lord Rama, Lord Bajrangbali pitted against each other to gain political mileage

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Never in the history of Kolkata and Bengal, people had witnessed such “pomp and show” to celebrate Ramnavmi. There had been people celebrating the festival but not on such a big platform. Saffron brigade has been eyeing Bengal, for quite some time now, and tried every possible poll tactics to woo voters during the last Assembly polls. Trinamool Congress had given BJP a tough fight. Once again the BJP is gearing up for the forthcoming Panchayat polls slated to take place later this month. The Saffron Brigade seems to have gained extra ‘confidence’ and ‘calories’ after they won in Uttar Pradesh. The enthusiastic BJP on Wednesday today, tried to en-cash the festival of Ramnavmi. The Saffron Brigade had invited large number of Trinamool MPs and MLAs.

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Trying to spread and woo masses, the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sagh (RSS) alongwith its ally BJP had taken out large processions across the state which were attended by women and children with naked swords and other weapons. On Tuesday, Bengal Pradesh BJP President Dilip Ghosh had said, its an exhibition ‘shakti’ and there is nothing wrong in exhibiting swords and weapons. Well, Saffron Brigade is mistaking Bengal with other states where they have taken help of Hindutva. Someone must tell them that Bengal is the last state to heed to ‘communal card’.

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This may turn a boomerang for the Saffron Brigade which had may had some chances, if at all it had. Trinamool Congress too is not much behind, it has announced that they will offer special prayers at all the Bajrangbali Temples across the state.

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Pity! Lord Rama and Lord Bajrangbali are pitted against each other for political gains, in real, Lord Bajrangbali had been such a big devotee of Lord Rama and I am sure would never had approved the filthy way of en-cashing religion…

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