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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lessons that Bihar can teach West Bengal

By Swapan Dasgupta

There is hardly any 'good news' in this season of despair and mounting cynicism. One of the few comes from a hitherto unlikely quarter: from Bihar and the large Bihari diaspora scattered over India.

Economic growth, it is well recognised, depends as much on actual generation of wealth as on sentiment, the shorthand for a positive perception of the environment. Ever since Nitish Kumar's conclusive re-election, the sentiment on Bihar has turned bullish. This is evident not so much in the capital markets of Mumbai where these things take longer to play out, but among those who have an emotional stake in Bihar's future. Accustomed for long to being the butt of derision and ridicule, Bihar has now been infected with a heady, we-can-do-it mood. In the short term, the tangible results of this optimism may be modest: a real estate boom, growth and establishment of small and medium enterprises and some willingness of those who had bought a one-way ticket out of Patna to return and do something worthwhile. Once the investments of the pioneers start yielding results, the big players will be inclined to give Bihar a try.

The promise and expectation of good governance is all that it takes to arouse the native entrepreneurial instinct. If the Nitish Kumar Government can combine security, education and decent roads with adequate power supply and a measure of streamlined decision-making, Bihar has the potential to make a worthwhile contribution to the larger India story.

The signs of re-awakening in Bihar should, ideally, have a multiplier effect in the rest of eastern India, but particularly in West Bengal. A few decades ago, Bengalis would have found the suggestion of learning from Bihar quite preposterous. Till the early-1960s, West Bengal ranked next to Maharashtra as the country's most industrialised province. Calcutta was the economic and cultural hub of a huge area that covered both the erstwhile, undivided Bengal Presidency and the North-east. It was a cosmopolitan city that embraced gracious living and intellectual vibrancy.

All that, tragically, is history. If there is a city that, despite its many flyovers and umpteen shopping malls, epitomises a sense of decline, it is Kolkata. There is still a pulsating busyness about the city but it is also coupled by a visible sense of desperation, an outcome of shrinking opportunities. Kolkata has mastered the art of survival but lost the ability to grow and prosper. An imperial success, Bengal failed to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the market economy.

At one time the Bengali middle class personified enlightenment and the push to modernity. Those impulses were fuelled by a thriving economy centred on both trade and modern manufacturing. Once economic stagnation and decline set in, a way of life and thinking also dried up. Today, the Bengali middle classes are struggling to keep afloat, desperately leveraging their modest real estate holdings for modest advantage. Those who could, abandoned sonar Bangla long ago to build careers elsewhere. Like their Bihari counterparts, they haven't done too badly. Those who couldn't move out have adjusted to a new life devoid of the embellishments of gracious living. With the shrinking of the economy, there has occurred a truncation of the mind. And, if the garish posters of Bengali films are anything to go by, there has also been a debasement of taste.

For three decades, Bengalis were intoxicated by the prospect of an undefined revolution that would bring salvation. Like Lalu Yadav's social awakening that conferred a sense of empowerment but thwarted the quest for livelihood, the CPI(M) destroyed many social hierarchies and injected into the less privileged a sense of heady insolence—the cholbe na culture. In Bihar, unguided social engineering produced a 'jungle raj' marked by lawlessness; in West Bengal, the Reds unleashed a cadre raj that sought to exercise total control over the locality and the workplace. Outwardly, Jyoti Basu and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee conveyed a sense of refinement and even decency. But they were like the proverbial gold filling in a mouth of decay.

The same exasperation that decimated Lalu in Bihar is likely to lead to the Left Front defeat in next summer's Assembly poll. You can whiff the yearning for change in Bengal and see the wilting of the CPI(M)'s famed organisation. However, unlike the hopes pinned on Nitish, there are few expectations from Mamata Banerjee. In confronting the Left, she too has imbibed the same militant negativism that once defined her adversary. But unless she can transcend the politics born of cussedness and despair, Bengal is destined to remain the sick lady of the east. Bihar and Orissa are marching ahead because they don't have the hang-ups that stem from misplaced superiority.

Sunday Times of India, December 19, 2010

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

I feel immensely gratified to hear about a resurgent Bihar. Biharis are extremely industrious , resourceful sans the "intellectual" arrogance of the typical Bengali Babu.

Above all , they are very good , trustworthy. All that is required is good leadership to address the antedeluvian caste animosities and ofcourse focus on sanitation , infrastructure and so forth.

Anonymous said...

http://www.timesnow.tv/Debate-WikiLeaks-hits-India/videoshow/4360750.cms

Sir,
Watched your great performance on this show. There was a time when BJP was full of highly articulate,intellgent and vocal people like you. Now it seems that it has become party of Lawyers.
They are scared to speak their mind , like they are scared of being sued.

Great job.

Vikas

Anonymous said...

Very important words of wisdom worth keeping in mind always.

Harping on building of swanky state of the art hospitals and clinics invariably presupposes the creation & perpetuation of non existent ailments & new fangled diseases thereby ensuring the livelihood of mercenaries parading as " doctors ".

Here dedicated Bengali Homeopaths would be of immense value.

Focus ought to be on " let food be thy medicine ". Hygiene & sanitation , clean drinking water , home cooked food ( not heat & eat junk stuff from malls to be counted as one among the yuppies)in short back to the good old simple thrills & pleasures of life which we callously relinquished along with our earnest grandparents.

Somehow we Indians unhesitatingly decimate our greenery in the name of development. On my recent visit to GAYA in BIHAR I saw a breathtakingly beautiful bird all royal & peacock blue plumage....It was indeed a fleeting glimpse. I also saw some parrots.

No mall or doctor or the overhyped TATA & his NANO cars can alleviate one's gloom as God given flora & fauna.

I am reminded of description of rain by the poet Subrahmanya Bharathi :-

" Diamond sticks that join the Sky to the Earth ".

Anonymous said...

Very important words of wisdom worth keeping in mind always.

Harping on building of swanky state of the art hospitals and clinics invariably presupposes the creation & perpetuation of non existent ailments & new fangled diseases thereby ensuring the livelihood of mercenaries parading as " doctors ".

Here dedicated Bengali Homeopaths would be of immense value.

Focus ought to be on " let food be thy medicine ". Hygiene & sanitation , clean drinking water , home cooked food ( not heat & eat junk stuff from malls to be counted as one among the yuppies)in short back to the good old simple thrills & pleasures of life which we callously relinquished along with our earnest grandparents.

Somehow we Indians unhesitatingly decimate our greenery in the name of development. On my recent visit to GAYA in BIHAR I saw a breathtakingly beautiful bird all royal & peacock blue plumage....It was indeed a fleeting glimpse. I also saw some parrots.

No mall or doctor or the overhyped TATA & his NANO cars can alleviate one's gloom as God given flora & fauna.

I am reminded of description of rain by the poet Subrahmanya Bharathi :-

" Diamond sticks that join the Sky to the Earth ".

Anonymous said...

Bengal isn't short of pragmatic and sensible leadership. Pranab Mukherji is an example. Objectively speaking the leaders of the left do have personal integrity and intellectually they stand out. So problem is not the shortage of political talent, but the burden of inertia and ideological inflexibility. In fact West Bengal politics is an irony of Kafkaesque proportion. Current political configuration definitely is depressing indeed. But the Bihar story is simply not a transition of power but part of larger pattern where voters are making mature and discriminating choice. How long will Bengal remain an exception to this?
I am optimistic.

Anonymous said...

http://ibnlive.in.com/index.html#hp_player3

You and Nirmala were great.
NIrmala is a great speaker and BJP is lucky to have her.

Anonymous said...

Alas , the tragedy is our memory is so pathetically selective hell bent on eclipsing stark realities.That is all the "intellectual opium eaters / leftists / mindless utopians" are capable of.

The undeservedly glorified TATA CANNOT be absolved of the mass murder , rape & pillaging of defenceless poor farmers in West Bengal perpetrated by leftist (alleged brahmin) Buddhadev Bhattacharya ( I hear in loud decibels emon tho hoey thakey) all for manufacturing useless cars. That the most fertile land has been rendered sterile by mass dumping of fly ash ought not be forgotten.

Idiotised India names its missiles grandiosely " Prithvi/ Agni/ Brahmos ".....wish I could smile at such poltroonish hubris((

It is the very Prithvi that contains all the blood of murdered innocent peasants along with fly ash.

What do we see next ? Narendra Modi welcoming the heartless TATA...so much for humane hindus & tolerant hindutva that is tilting at chimerical windmills like ISLAM & CHRISTIANITY yadayada....

The very division of our people on casteist , linguistic , religious and parochial faultlines well entrenched in our minds get manifested as policies & decisions. I am NOT AT ALL optimistic considering we Indians adamantinely refuse to own up our faults.

All the existing Sacred Ancient Temples & Upanishads have in no way impacted us for the better. What good is another Ram Temple going to do at Ayodhya??

Anonymous said...

dear sd
it is interesting to see ,resurgent Bihar,but should wait little more before hasty certifications.
with reference to the tv hows:major leaders of all oppositions parties are helpless by either favours or fear or both from cong.managers.voters/taxpayers not remaining proactive after voting are also responsible for their losses due to corruption.
onus is on sc to maintain its own reputation,as people are not fools.sc know the letter of maran(dmk),claiming promise by mms of no intereference in pricing of 2g.mms so,knowingly,allowed,2g sale at throw away prices causing losses of rs.1.73 lakh crores to india,which any prudent person can see.mms was having all powers to remove/stop sale being pm and was duty bound to exercise,which sc know very well.mms due to his power hunger,has hide q-related facts,cwg related facts,swiss type funds related facts,2g related facts etc.,and fooled whole nation,since long grossly depriving poors their rights.but sc doing nothing and want people to trust sc,by threats of contemts.why taxpayers should pay taxes for such mms frauds?for institutions protecting corrupted ?no appropriate actions by sc is also an action,which people understand.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, we Indians have dismal standards of hygiene & cleanliness. We ought NOT to pollute our Holy Ganges by defecating , spitting and so forth.
However , World Bank 's breastbeating reminds me of the wily wolf shedding copious faux tears for the plight of the rain sodden sheep.
Varanasi , Gaya , our Sacred Temples are NOT exactly tourist spots to be tapped for raising revenues.
Ramakrishna Pramahamsar says " ....anyone who considers Thulsi ( Holy Basil) as just another plant & the Holy Ganges as just another body of water consisting of two parts of hydrogen & one part of oxygen is a colossal idiot ..."

The psychiatric hospitals & the drugs dispensed by them killed my guileless brother who had absolutely no problem at all. I have also been incarcerated several times in psychiatric hospitals in India , Canada & Kuwait. All equipped with neat germs free washrooms / toilets teeming with nurses all clad in pure sterilised white. Feeding us pure delicious food. And approved * medicines* Need I talk about the dubious credentials of those hiiigghhhly qualified doctors & physicians ?? They ruined my life turning me into a petrified zombie.
My endless countless prostrations to the much polluted Holy Ganges who restored my pristine health very recently when I took a half hearted dip in Her.
BACK OFF world bank & all you good samaritans. STOP playing God . You are not that all knowing as presumed so temeritously by you.

Anonymous said...

Let us listen to their well worn diatribe once again:-

" The premature deaths, treatment of the sick for illnesses like diarrhoea, malaria, trachoma and intestinal worms...."

Look who is talking :-((
Sodium Valproate made me lose all my hair. Plus ofcourse the nurses in psychiatric hospitals comprising of all religions of the world , Kerala Pentacostals , Phillipines Catholics , Goan Protestants , Bangladeshis , Srilankan Buddhists , Egyptian Muslims with the tacit connivance of the great great Hindu , Christian , Muslim , Agnostic , Atheistic Doctors ( I hear loud & clear "doctors have no religion.....what has religion got to do with one's health yadayadayada...) violently yank & cut off my hair .
The medicines ( Lithium , Tegretol , Mellaril , Lacalmplus , Haloperidol , Pacitane etc etc ) once ingested make you constipated till death. Further triggers headaches , halitosis hypothyroidism ,hypertension , deterioration of eyesight , loss of memory , blunting of emotions turning you desensitised ....
Mercenaries parading as doctors perk up with glee & gusto. Prescribing further medications for hypertension , constipation , chewing gum and mouth fresheners for halitosis etc etc ......Thus ensuring their livelihood & safe bank balances earning interests.
One Dr. Majumder of Tara Poly Clinic in Calcutta / Kolkata who managed to kill my brother & many such " patients " was a generous donator to Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.
Dr Sabyasachi Nandi no less culpable owns several bungalows , cars , sending his children to upscale convents like La Martiniere etc.

JayKumar said...

@@Anonymous
"That the most fertile land has been rendered sterile by mass dumping of fly ash ought not be forgotten."

Before Tata set upped his plant what was the output that Nandigram and their farmers gave to Kolkatta? In short what was the agricultural out put of Nandigram as a whole?

Go around India and you will not be surprised to see mini West Bengal being established in other state. Its just all because of communist rule that has created vacuum between poor and development.

Very sad to see that today Kolkatta defines what is West Bengal, as no other region is so developed as this city is.

"What good is another Ram Temple going to do at Ayodhya??"
People living in and around the Ayodaya can at least make their livelihood out of it. So of course it will boost local business.

Anonymous said...

" ..what was the output that Nandigram and their farmers gave to Kolkatta.."?

I am afraid I cannot be more blunt in stating the truth for the umpteenth time that I don't particularly relish enlightening / answering the wantonly stupid.

Brings back memories of certain *erudite devotees* asking for proof of art of living faux messiah's credentials.

ISRAEL turned whatever measly land they got in consistently unfair deals into productive ones becoming remarkably self sufficient growing onions , oranges etc etc.

Indian professors from various agricultural universities routinely visit ISRAEL refurbishing their anaemic lacklustre knowledge not just on drip irrigation but a lot more.

But as a nation India has always been overtly covertly consistently ANTI ISRAEL and ANTI JEWS. For obvious reasons. There could be a million reasons but that is NO EXCUSE at all. Period.


Go and pose your questions to the dead farmers & their wives & children JayKumar.

Anonymous said...

" ..what was the output that Nandigram and their farmers gave to Kolkatta.."?

I am afraid I cannot be more blunt in stating the truth for the umpteenth time that I don't particularly relish enlightening / answering the wantonly stupid.

Brings back memories of certain *erudite devotees* asking for proof of art of living faux messiah's credentials.

ISRAEL turned whatever measly land they got in consistently unfair deals into productive ones becoming remarkably self sufficient growing onions , oranges etc etc.

Indian professors from various agricultural universities routinely visit ISRAEL refurbishing their anaemic lacklustre knowledge not just on drip irrigation but a lot more.

But as a nation India has always been overtly covertly consistently ANTI ISRAEL and ANTI JEWS. For obvious reasons. There could be a million reasons but that is NO EXCUSE at all. Period.


Go and pose your questions to the dead farmers & their wives & children JayKumar.

Anonymous said...

Excerpts of one Priyadarshi Dutta from Pioneer ( dailypioneer) which are worth pondering over. Alas , they were brazenly ignored.

" " In 1904, when JN Tata's men were 'prospecting' for iron ore deposits in Central Provinces (now Orissa), a metallurgy engineer, PN Bose, informed Jamshedji about possible iron ore and limestone deposits in the then princely state of Mayurbhanj. Thus, it was due to correct prospecting by a Bengali engineer, the TISCO was established in 1908 at Sakchi, which was renamed Jamshedpur.


Hooghly is perhaps the greenest district of West Bengal. Its fertile three-crop fields in Singur are no place to set up an automobile facility.


West Bengal has surplus land in the arid districts of Birbhum and Purulia. Besides, hundreds of factories have closed down in the State since the advent of the Left Front Government in 1977. The closed factories include numerous jute mills on the banks of the Ganga in Hooghly and north 24-Paragana districts. Tata Motors could have located any plot from there for its plant.

Agriculture cannot be sacrificed at the altar of industrialisation. More cars in India don't necessarily mean development. It surely means more dependence on petroleum-rich countries. Agriculture is more than a vocation for 60 per cent of Indians. It dates back to the roots; in the Ramayana, King Janaka is seen ploughing fields. "Son of a farmer" is still an identity many Indians boast of ".

Anonymous said...

Reposting some of my comments which were wasted on one swollen headed brain dead IITian's blog earlier.

While we are on it let me state some facts that were not reported in the ELM of India.

During the recent shortage of rice when India rashly thundered it imposed a ban on export of certain varieties of rice ( came up with garbled threats followed by shamefaced denials)

Saudi Arabia immediately and RIGHTLY warned India:
"If you renege on your contract and don't send rice, your asian population would be denied whatever stocks of rice/wheat we have".

Not just that.It immediately took steps to invest heavily in agriculture.For quite some years
have been into organic cultivation of many vegetables like okra ,beans, cruciferous ones , tomatoes, cucumbers etc.

When it comes to enforcement of any rule or law they are quite uncompromising.Which is REmarkably LAUDABLE.

The Royal Family of Kuwait has designated an area as sanctuary for certain animals and birds with rapid afforestation.And it is inaccessible to the public.No picnic or sightseeing allowed.

And what does indian ambassador (tambram)do? In the name of showcasing of *indian culture* brings in shahrukh khan and the entire brood to stage nautanki.

Is it any wonder govt of india does not command any respect?

Anonymous said...

Bananas grown in Kerala soil are far more delicious than any enormous looking ones imported from other countries.Same goes for fruits & vegetables grown locally in wetlands of West Bengal.The varieties of brinjals and rice grown in Godavari belt.

India has been importing pulses from Canada & Myanmar. If good health for all is truly our objective , then flourishing of our indigenous Ayurveda , Siddha , Herbal and its spinoffs like herbal cosmetics etc necessitate we focus on agri , flori and horticulture.Think of the potential of Spices and condiments.
Musquitoes to bed bugs can be effectively controlled by growing the right kind of plants.Butter from entirely pasture ( sans pesticides) fed cows is an unalloyed health promoter.

Farmers need to be empowered not weaned away.I was speechless when I found a farmer (hindu) from Chengalpet (TNadu) who has nurtured an awesomely emerald green farm for a Kuwaiti Sheikh with Neem , Mango ,Vilvam, Banana , Pomegranate and lots of flowers and vegetables too. Arabs are not averse to investing in greenhouse or organic farming.There are many like that.And that hindu gardener/farmer is very happy with his Arab employer.Not being persecuted.

Yes trust me. MUSLIMS , ARABS are NOT terrorists. They are incredibly generous.

India not only mismanages everything but lacks vision.

China exports fruits like lychees & herbs like leaves of lemon & narthanga trees. Lychees are atrociously expensive in India and hardly ever available in plenty.

JayKumar said...

"But as a nation India has always been overtly covertly consistently ANTI ISRAEL and ANTI JEWS. For obvious reasons. There could be a million reasons but that is NO EXCUSE at all. Period."

You are wrong that we (Indians) are anti-Israel or Anti-Jews. May be minorities in this country can have objection to Israels deed but what they do is certainly right they have every rights to protect their citizen. Thank God at least Israel politicians are not like our Indian politician dead dogs who allow killing of people in the name e of vote bank.

Now I remember you are the same person who used to write about Ram Mandir just before Allahabad verdict that Sangh only will create problem as the verdict will go against them but after verdict you where not seen on this forum as verdict favored temple, 1/3rd land which Muslims got they don't deserved that piece of land also.

"
Go and pose your questions to the dead farmers & their wives & children JayKumar."
If this country would have got very good govt at center and state I don't think so that there would have been large number of migration from one state to another.

Anonymous said...

dear sd
with reference to your participation in even.,timesnow,22/12/10,debate,seeing that all were more than eager to certify mms an honest man!
The primafacie evidences including maran (dmk)letter,claiming mms promise of no interference in pricing of 2g,show that 2g loot of Rs.1.73 lakh crores was offered/promised by none other than mr. mms,to buy his power/chair,which was subsequently,allowed to be fulfilled.now when sc is responsible to monitor biggest 2g frauds /investigations,is sc not worried that mms,raja,radia, etc,shall definately try their best to destroy related evidences by all means which any prudent person can guess?mms is the root, who offered and paid the 2g loot bribe.these people cannot be knowingly kept free,to definately ,destroy evidences of the biggest loot ever, if sc really intend 2g investigation/justice, particularly when files of cwg,adarsh are alarmingly missing/destroyed! whether sc will wake up to the obvious?when?now onus is on sc for 2g ,so that related evidences are not destroyed,by timely appropriate actions.

Anonymous said...

Reposting with proper spellings.


Immensely grateful to Sri. Swapan Dasgupta for refusing to get afflicted with the headily in demand- political correctness !!

Let me state just one naked TRUTH which of course will be ineffective in impacting the vampires & ghouls of this world.

ALL the psychiatric drugs ingested COMPLETELY disables one's intellect , ratiocination skills , communication skills , voice , walking gait inducing permanent tremors & nervous twitchings etc etc etc.

Throughout my incarceration inside & at home after being " released with maintenence dosage " I was NOT EVEN AWARE I was without undergarments , STARK NAKED.

Inside the hospitals I came to know about the existence of HINDU LESBIANS along with Egyptians , Fillipinas etc.

The washrooms are not equipped with latches , bolts keys. Two of the KERALITE hindu nurses were balefully glaring at my naked breasts after brutishly shoving me into the washroom. They dumped undiluted shampoo in huge cupfuls on my shaven head & all over tweaking my nipples & breasts violently. This is what they do to ALL.

At least in Kuwait women are segregated from men. In India it is THE WORST.Male sweepers , cleaners with broomsticks emboldened by apathetic female nurses .....I leave the rest unsaid.

Much after my "release" on my visit to Yellowstone National Park along with this diabolical faux husband of mine who would without fail punctiliously shove in countless lithiums , tegretols , pacitane , trinicalmplus , serenace , sodium valproate inside my zombified body , it did not register in me AT ALL underneath my flimsy salwar suits I had no undergarment.

The DEVIL called husband was pretty aware of my predicament .Along with my so called sisters , uncles , aunties , relatives , neighbours. But it suited them all. To call me a " bipolar schizo , loose morals not a propah hindu wife " Even today this faux husband of mine a CFO has lots of sycophants licking his posterior.

Anonymous said...

What gets shown in Martin Scorcese's Shutter Island is very watered down indeed.

Where rest of the people blamed Scorcese for " confusing " I understood. I am equally sure my DEAD , (MURDERED to be very honest & precise ) BROTHER , FATHER & PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS would also understand.

Anonymous said...

"MUSLIMS , ARABS are NOT terrorists. They are incredibly generous." Agreed - but they cannot get rid of religion from their mind. Look at the fate of Indian Doctor who was put in jail in Saudi for the suspected murder of her husband although the evidence was saying otherwise. This kind of inhuman treatment of women and children can be achieved only religious zealots.

Anonymous said...

" Look at the fate of Indian Doctor who was put in jail in Saudi ..."

Comment posted above.

Now , who is impertinently bringing in religion & nationality here ??

Let the sleuths do their job. Obviously they have more access to vital clues & facts.

Aditya said...

Dear Sir,

On the 26th of December on NDTV's "We the People" you argued that media studios should not pass judgments and counter verdicts on a decision by a court. However if we were to accept this, would there be any space for evolution of law in society?

Anonymous said...

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pm-manmohan-singhs-pac-offer-rips-bjp-apart/730210/

What BJP is going to do with Dinosaurs and fossils in its ranks?

Vikas

Anonymous said...

"Let the sleuths do their job. Obviously they have more access to vital clues & facts." Then dont complain about encounter killings and public beheading. Great people in the power are always right.

aw said...

Hi Swapan,

I am not sure why the BJP does not let Murli Manohar Joshi call MS and them prove that JPC is needed. It will require MMJ's help. Unless the current leadership does not spotlight on anyone else. It will remove the last excuse Congress has.

Regards

Atul

Anonymous said...

The sad part about West Bengal is that there's no hope in the future also. Bihar had Nitish Kumar, unfortunately Bengal has Mamata Banerjee, who is a mirror image of communists in terms of being regressive. Bengal will be another Kerela, violence everywhere, power shifting every 5 years between two parties, communists & trinamool.
With more than 25% of population Bangladeshis majority of whom hate India & want to destroy it, & both parties politicians courting them, Bengal will be one of the failed states of India which will drag India further down.

Anonymous said...

Anon@1:49 PM ,

Bengal has Ramakrishna Paramahamsar , Sarada Devi and Ma Kali.

We are despairing because of dividing ourselves so rigidly into Bengal, Bihar , Uttar Pradesh and so forth. Yet we take our pledge "...we are Indians , we are brothers & sisters " yadayada.

Think of the positive qualities of Bengalis. Simplicity and clarity of thought ( Swapan Dasgupta and some of my college Professors come to my mind ).

Prasantha Banerjee a dedicated Homeopath of impeccable credentials was approached by Columbia University America for having successfully cured certain diseases. There are many more competent Bengali Homeopaths in Kolkata. Extremely unassuming demeanour but knowledgeable.

Everyone's quest is for good health worldwide. The powerful pharmaceutical industries have been relentlessly behind maligning Homeopathy as ( sic )quackery , placebo blahblah. Thus thwarting further research & demotivating.

During TATA's bulldozing his way through ruthlessly by mass killings of farmers the much NEEDED HALT was engineered by Mamata Banerjee. Let us give her credit for that.

Bengal should capitalise on its strong points instead of trying to ape Mumbai. When it started aping bollywood it lost everything becoming kitschy.

Agriculture , horticulture , afforestation than mindless industrialisation , homeopathy and pursuit of Science come to my mind. Bengalis make fine Teachers too. I believe someone from Jadavpur University invented a gadget to tackle arsenic poisoning.

If their energies could be weaned away from politics with its hooliganism , disproportionate besottment with cricket and unhealthy criticisms of Biharis there is scope for hope.

It is greenery alone that can check pollution contributing to rains , crops , adequate food production and thus good health & well being.

Avvaiyar's " Varappu Uyara " come to my mind.'Let bunds be raised'.

" The King realized she had rebuked him for failing in his duties to keep his irrigation network in order. Carried away in an exaltation of piety the king promised to raise more bunds. The next day however he began to have doubts, it would be such a drain on his treasury. Realizing his state of mind, Avvaiyar sang,
"It is only by taking away that the sculptor creates a work of art
those actions which seem to take away add to mankind's real wealth."

Anonymous said...

Anon @8:51 pm said

"During TATA's bulldozing his way through ruthlessly by mass killings of farmers..."

mate, are you on cocaine??

latest news:
Singur locals asks Tatas to set up a plant, offer cooperation.

no wonder Bengal is becoming a failed state, with level of educated people like you.

Anonymous said...

Anon @2:22PM ,

Your emotional outburst betrays you fail to remember all that I have written pertaining to this issue. This selective selection of a few points to vent your anger is characteristic of many Indians in various blogs. Hence meaningful discussions become impossible.

I call it lack of synergy.

Kerala & West Bengal despite being blessed with abundant lush greenery and water neglected farming ( agriculture , horticulture & its allied fields )all due to pursuit of "cholbena" policies.

Tamil Nadu farmers are much more enterprising but suffering due to water shortage. Karnataka denying Cauvery waters being one of the vital reasons. Lack of consistent rainwater harvesting , frenzied overzealous construction of a lot of buildings over lakes & ponds , planting of trees that deplete groundwater thoroughly leading to perennial droughts like Ramanathapuram districts and so forth.

Punjab ,Haryana had long introduced sprinklers and a lot more innovative techniques.

Hence West Bengal farmers always looked like Mrinal Sen's, Satyajit Ray's portrayals fetching them awards as " humane art film makers ".

Faced with such a predicament is it any wonder they are allegedly asking TATA to come back.It is a question of livelihood.

Anonymous said...

Pricing of farm produce & selling-- a lot of factors bring in too many parasitical middlemen in India thus rendering it extremely loss making venture for many farmers.

That is the reason many farmers sold their lands migrating or switching over to other lucrative professions.

Cars are not necessarily a necessity for all the people of India. It is more of a status symbol. Other modes of transport are not exactly laudable like those of developed countries. Financial institutions pitching in to offer cheap loans lure & tempt the people into buying cars. These mercenaries work in collusion.

I have seen many paunchy affluent people pouring out of their parked cars for constitutionals prescribed by their doctors for "good health".

Certain Parables of Sri.Ramakrishna Paramahamsar come to my mind.

Nevertheless "educated" allegedly " non cocaine snorters " like Anon@ 2:22PM need not be bothered with those.