Is religion really over humanity? Swami Vivekananda was once asked this question and he immediately said, religion has immense significance but that does not mean that religion will overpower humanity. Swami Vivekananda had said “religion is people, people not for religion”.
Well, I have been watching a particular news channel running a segment on what has happened in Bengal and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s fuming over Governor seeking a reply from her over deteriorating situation across Murshidabad, Bashirhat and Baduria. Since afternoon, this segment is on and is going overboard. I have no issues against the segment since the channel has brought the facts on the table which were being suppressed since long. My question is why people pay heed to politicians and fundamentalists who fan communal sentiments.
Since ages, Hindu and Muslim have been staying like one entity then why, what has gone wrong that communal tensions have become a regular feature. Rabindranath Tagore had raised his voice and used “Rakhi Bandhan” to bridge the gap. In the words of famous poet and writer Nazrul Islam who said “mora ek brinte duti kusum Hindu-Musalman, Muslim tar nayan moni Hindu tahar praan” (we are same flowers from same tree Hindu-Musalman, if Muslim happens to be the eyes then Hindu is the bossom). Another great poet Iqbal said, “maz’hab nahin sikhata apas men bayr rakhna hindi hai hum, watan hai hindostan hamara” (religion doesn’t teach enmity among each another, we are one and our country Hindustan is one, hail Hindustan”.
Why can’t people take a call and stand firm against these politicians, fundamentalists and tell them that these elements have no place in the society, such people are just not welcomed.Let’s now take the call and show these politicians and fundamentalists the door, they deserve that…
Please read this, it’s really important and exposes the situation women face. A 27-year old woman in Ranaghat, Nadia district of West Bengal was gang raped sometime back on her way back after dropping her daughter at school studying in class three. According to the victim, she was forcefully taken to a building at gunpoint where a group of four people gang-raped her. She had recognised one of them who happened to be her neighbour. Since then her ordeal began, these goons began demanding ransom from her. She too continued to give money (by begging, borrowing) since they had threatened to kill her husband and daughter. They had also threatened to upload the video of rape on social media. She had accepted her plight and did not tell anybody.
As if this was not enough, more was in store for this young lady. A few days back, when the victim was returning home after dropping her daughter, these goons once again had started following her on the bike. Helpless, trying to protect her dignity the woman jumped into the river as she felt it was better to commit suicide than falling prey in the hands of these goons. The people taking bath in the river saved her. A police complaint was lodged after she narrated her ordeal in details to her husband. Police have arrested one of the accused and are on the lookout for the others…
know this is not an isolated incident, there are many like this yet nothing is done…It may not be out of context here, Mamata Banerjee rather than fuming on Governor seeking an explanation on the deteriorating law and order in the state, should pull up her administration and take special steps in securing dignity of woman…
Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj, President of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Belur Math has passed away after prolonged illness. He was 99. He had been under treatment since 2015 at the Ramakrishna Seba Pratishthan in Kolkata, West Bengal.
A statement released by the Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, said, “Despite the best medical attention, his condition deteriorated over the last few days and he passed away around 5.30 pm today at Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan hospital.”
The mortal remains of Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj, will be kept at the Belur Math which will remain open whole night.
His mortal remains will be consigned to flames at Belur Math on Monday evening at about 9.30 pm.
Swami Atmasthanandaji had travelled extensively all over the country and abroad and visited several branches of the Order and some unaffiliated centres spreading the messages of Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and Vedanta, besides giving ‘mantra diksha’ to disciples.
Tributes to Rituparno Ghosh (Rituda) on his fourth death anniversary. Those of us who love ‘meaningful’ cinema found a breathing space in the cinema of Rituparno Ghosh. After the demise of Great Master Satyajit Ray, there was a dearth of good cinema. Rituda came into the scene with his ‘Hirer Angti (1992)’ and took all of us by storm, we were spellbound to watch his work. Though, I never found similarity between his and frames of Satyajit Ray. Infact, I can quote many instances where his ‘frames’ were very different from that of Ray, in total contrast to the philosophy of Ray’s Cinema but that is a different issue. Rituda’s works predominantly focused on ‘relationships’ (from ‘Unishey April till Chitrangada) each and every cinema has highlighted different angles, complexities of relationships.
His sudden demise in 2013 had once again created a void since there are hardly any filmmaker in Bengal who takes the pain to make cinema that will relate to his audience. In this context, I recall the famous saying by Ray who once said, “The young filmmakers think of art too much, while their audiences too little”, infact, Satyajit Ray always said that there is nothing ‘art cinema’ or ‘parallel cinema’, what exists is ‘bad cinema’ and ‘good cinema’. Not just a creative genius, but Rituda was a very emotional person. An ardent admirer of Rabindranath Tagore, he could not control his tears while describing how he had felt when a personality like Shabana Azmi during a programme had called Tagore just a poet.
Unfortunately, some people in our country prefer to judge a man or woman by sexual preferences who did not hesitate to embarrass him with stupid questions.
Those who have met Rituda even for a few minutes have felt the warmth he had and shared. I am aware of a few people who had shared wonderful debate, discussions with him, some had just banged into him casually. I had the privilege of interacting with him on facebook for sometime, we even had private chat which I have saved as its a part of archival collection. Not even once I felt out of place or alien interacting with a man like Rituda.
Today, we have so many bright filmmakers coming out from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI) but nobody has been able to fill the void left behind by Rituda…Nobody will ever be able to fulfill, miss you Rituda…
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.
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’.
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.
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…