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Bengal CM fumes at Governor over call, herself fails to control situation

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”.

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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.

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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”.

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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…

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27-year-old woman, mother of a girl jumps into river in Bengal to escape her rapists

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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.

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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…

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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…

 

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Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj passes away, he was 99

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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.”

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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.

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Void left by Rituparno Ghosh’s demise felt more as years pass by

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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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Fresh molestation in Kolkata’s Park Street questions law & order in the state

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Last week, shadows of Park Street gangrape that had brought memories of Park Street gangrape victim Suzette Jordon, back. This time a 30-year-old woman alleged that she had been molested and assaulted at a nightclub at Kolkata’s iconic Part Street. Unlike Suzette, who showed exemplary courage and guts by revealing her identity, this girl prefer to keep her identity a secret. Jordan, had said after appearing on television, that its not for her to be ashamed but the accused should be ashamed. She had become Suzette Jordon, activist and could be seen in ungenerous television debates, candle light march.
The recent victim while talking to media said a group of drunk men assaulted her in front of her husband while she was at a bar on Park street this Saturday night. She alleged that the men were so much drunk that they did not listen to her pleading for mercy. “They touched me inappropriately outraging my dignity, they also thrashed my husband who tried to protect me from their clutches”, said the victim. The lady, a young mother of a two-month-old child has alleged that a group of men had grabbed her breasts badly, “I was in immense pain as they had grabbed my breasts due to which I could not feed my baby”, added the victim.
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The Police which after going through the CCTV footage, claimed to have found certain missing links and have asked for more footage.
The molestation incedent reminds the horrific gangrape incedent of Suzette Jordan a few years ago that had made headlines over chief minister Mamata Banerjee trying to shun-off the allegations by calling “sajano ghotona’ (concocted incedent) and ‘choto ghotona (small incedent), there was a lull on night crimes on Park Street in Kolkata or may be things were not reported and even if reported, the Police may have taken things casually since the transfer of then IO Damayanti Sen for proving Banerjee wrong and standing beside Jordan had been a negative impact on the force trying to bring out facts. In February 2012, she was allegedly raped in a moving car on Park Street in an upscale area of the city. 
The big question is, after February 2012 gangrape, the state government had made ‘tall’ claims of not only increasing the night patrolling across the area but also asked the police to act immediately. Why then the reputation of ‘February 2012′ gangrape took place on the same streets, Park Street that once used to be among the safest places in the city. Its high time Bengal state government should stop seeing “chokranto” (connivance) in everything that goes wrong in the state and come up with some concrete steps to protect the dignity of woman which is at stake.  
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Mamata sets up “Bengal Health Regulatory Commission” to curb against unethical medical anarchy

On Friday,  West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017″ in the Assembly to bring all the private hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic centres under the ambit of state government. Mamata Banerjee had convened a meeting at Town Hall last week after patient party had vandalised Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) over harassment by hospital staffs. Banerjee had made it clear that such practices will not be tolerated. People have welcomed the new bill and feel this will help to voice their grievances. By Pallab Ghosh 

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On Friday today, Mamata Banerjee had tabled the much awaited bill,”West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017″ in the Assembly. It was during the meeting at Town Hall, the Bengal Chief Minister had informed, “the Regulatory Commission will have representatives of private hospitals, health department, consumer affairs department, doctors and police representatives”. At the same time the Chief Minister condemned the vandalism by patient`s party. “We condemn acts of vandalism in hospitals, but you must understand why people took to violence”, added Banerjee.

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Last week after members of patient party had vandalised Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) over excess billing and harassment by hospital officials, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had convened a meeting at Town Hall which was attended by representatives from various private hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic centres.

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“apnara eto bill ki bhabe koren, eto bill to five-star hotel e thakleo hoina. chikitsha r naam e ei douratto bondho korun” (how do you make such an exorbitant bill, even five star hotels don`t make such bill. Please stop this anarchy in the name of treatment). It was during this meeting Mamata Banerjee had made it clear that such deliberative attempt to harass patients to an extent where the family members come to roads will not be tolerated in the state. Banerjee, had clearly indicated that soon a regulatory body will be introduced in the Assembly. “The West Bengal Health Regulatory Commission will have representatives of private hospitals, health department, consumer affairs department, doctors and police representatives,” said the chief minister.

The Bill has been termed as totally patient friendly and gives enough room to patients to voice their grievances. A large section of doctors have come forward and welcomed the bill. However, a small group of doctors have raised their suspicion on the transparency of the bill and said both the interest of patients and doctors should be looked at largely.

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Let`s take a glance at the salient features of the new bill:
Private healthcare institutes cannot refuse admission and treatment in emergency cases Top priorities to patients suffering from acid attack, rape and accident victims.
Hospitals have been barred from prescribing “unnecessary” medical tests
The commission may also put the offender behind bars up to three years.
Permission of patient party before putting patient under ventilator.
Hospitals will have to declare bed charges, ICU charges.
Package costs that can`t be altered.
Hospitals will have to explain the need for further treatment.
Penal measures range between compensation and scrapping the licence.
Death of a patient due to medical negligence will attract a fine of up to Rs 10 lakh, and a fine of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh depending on the damages

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