The Bengali Roar

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[Unrelated to this post but congratulations to Abhinav Bindra for getting us a GOLD. At last.]

Many years ago, on the walls of Sealdah railway station, I saw the following poster put up by a Bangali revivalist organization called “Amra Bangali”.( We are Bengalis) It said:

Bangali gorje otho ! (Translation: Bangalis Rise up and Roar !)

Below the bold red font, someone, with a delicious sense of irony, had scribbled in miniscule letters, with the size no doubt reflecting the feebleness of the Bengali tiger:

Haloom

Somehow I was reminded of this “roar” when I read the following article.

It’s a catastrophe in Indian classical art. At least 105 priceless paintings of masters like Rabindranath and Abanindranath Tagore and Jamini Roy lying practically in tatters thanks to state apathy and callousness – specifically of West Bengal’s culture department, headed by art aficionado chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee himself.The paintings from the famous collection of the Bengal Masters at the Rajya Charukala Parshad, a wing of the state information and culture department, are in a shambles, with rows of dust laden frames leaning on one another, desperate for a breath of fresh air. A single painting of Abanindranath, art dealers say, is worth Rs 40 lakh, for Rabindranath it is Rs 25 lakh while a tempera of Roy is Rs 5 lakh. [Link]

It is at times like this that I wish, deep inside, that these priceless treasures actually get stolen, like Tagore’s Nobel Prize was a few years ago. If only for the reason that anyone who takes the risk of stealing them, (nominal though that risk be considering the fact that these symbols of our cultural ethos are kept with the care and respect usually reserved for cheap wedding presents given by distant relatives), is giving these works of heritage at least some respect. Hopefully once stolen, they will be sold to people who have some understanding of their value and who having paid a premium for them, will not keep them stacked one upon another if only to guard their “investment”.

And the most important reason why they should be stolen: a culture that does not respect its heritage does not deserve to have it.

Which is why when I read this a few days ago, I thought “good riddance”.

A national treasure trove of rare books, manuscripts and letters associated with Rabindranath Tagore, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee and Sarojini Naidu may have been stolen from Kolkata’s National Library.

Worse, there’s no way to know what exactly is missing, since the register containing records of the library’s Rare Books Division itself is untraceable.

The rare collection contains Tagore’s early works, letters of Netaji, manuscripts of Sarat Chandra and Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhaya, besides many valuable books from the 18th century and earlier. In fact, at least 40% of books and documents requisitioned by members from the entire library were reportedly not found, sources said.

Imagine my dismay when I read this a day hence.

Rare documents relating to Rabindranath Tagore, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and other great historical and literary giants are intact in the Kolkata-based National Library, the government clarified on Tuesday.

R Ramachandran, director-in-charge of the National Library, said: “No such documents relating to Rabindranath Tagore, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee and Sarojini Naidu are missing or stolen from the library.”

Of course we have only the director’s word for that. The truth is that even if a large percentage of heritage works indeed vanished (if they have not already), not many would notice. Or even worse care.

And why do they not care? Some of you  may be a little surprised why we Bengalis, who always take supreme pride in our heritage and culture and love to take to the streets at the drop of a hat, are not enraged enough to hold the government accountable for their vandalism through negligence.

The explanation is simple.

It is true that we Bengalis are passionately concerned about or culture and our language—except that what really rocks our boat is whether Sourav Ganguly stays in the team,  or whether Shahrukh Khan speaks a word in Bangla, or whether “local boy” Aneek beats Raja Hasan in a reality singing show and most importantly whether our state has been hard-done by the “others”—be it the Center or the BCCI.

If however it is Bengalis themselves (like Buddha-babu’s minions) who are destroying Bengali heritage, then all we do is utter a weak “Haloom” between sips of tea and busy ourselves watching Sanchita Bhattacharya, Bengal’s pride, performing on Zee TV’s “Ek se badkar Ek”.

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59 thoughts on “The Bengali Roar

  1. another example of wall writing … Amra Bangali had written ” Bangali jago ” and below that was the priceless ” jegechi … ebaar cha dao ” …

  2. @ prasun: ROTFL

    @ GB: not only bengal, but all over india, most of us care only for surface emotions, don’t you think? very sad, but most of us (including me at various points) are guilty of this.

    p.s: Congratulations to Abhinav Bhindra. Finally an individual gold. Here’s hoping, this inspires dravid and laxman to repeat their eden garden heroics in the ongoing test match.

  3. GB,Check this guy Vaman Ghiya. When he was caught the police apparently found a dismantled
    Moghul pavilion the size of a house in his possession!Did you hear the "Haloom" on this? It was barely heard in India.

  4. “It is true that we Bengalis are passionately concerned about or culture and our language—except that what really rocks our boat is whether Sourav Ganguly stays in the team, or whether Shahrukh Khan speaks a word in Bangla, or whether “local boy” Aneek beats Raja Hasan in a reality singing show and most importantly whether our state has been hard-done by the “others”—be it the Center or the BCCI.”

    That is a very good observation. The trait of being acutely aware of heritage when it comes to being validated by people of other heritages, while being ironically oblivious of it when it comes to introspecting the same, is a solid proof of lack of self esteem. This has its own demerits. Just like humans, if a culture needs constant approval and mollycoddling, then it is hurting itself by limiting itself. The people who are so proud to be a part of that culture can improve, but never exceed those that are validating. This is a very retrograde mentality. People, who in turn make a culture which leaves behind heritage as a legacy, should be realistic about their goals, but should never compromise their efforts. It is the very lack of traits like confidence and industry which result in slogans like, “Bangali Jago.” Instead of sounding like a roaring and confident slogan, it sounds quite like a whimper which is desperately seeking to redistribute lack of self-confidence. The onus should be to awaken oneself first, before trying to patronize/advice others.

  5. Kanheri Caves in Mumbai (based in Borivali National Park) are another example of State and people apathy. These Budhhist structures, dating back to 1st Century B.C., are lying in shambles and neither the ‘secular’ politicians care, nor the ‘let’s save Samovar Cafe’ activists.

    We definitely don’t deserve riches of history. More power to Sambhaji Brigade and their ilk….

  6. Another incident of witty repartee to wall graphtiti, this time from the 70s, :

    A CPI(M) piece of graphtit read : “More power to the state” referring to the rather odd demand by a communist party for less centralisation.

    Scribbled below:”Yes, i agree; we only had power for two hours yesterday” referring to, of course the acute power situation of bengal.

    Of course all this exchaneg was in Bengali…goes without saying I guess.

  7. For some stupid reason I’ve mis-spelt graphiti twice. Twice.

    In spite of going through junior school with hundreds of surprise spelling pop-quizzes(called grades in my school) i still mis-spelt it twice.

    I’m sorry Ma’am Castillo, I’m sorry.

  8. @Hades: It’s spelled graffiti 🙂

    I was horrified in the National Museum in Delhi to see that while painting the ceiling in the textile room, painters had covered the floor with tarps but did nothing to protect the display cases or framed textiles, which now had drips of paint all over them. Also in all museums I’ve been to (including the big one in Bombay) there is never any temperature control for paintings and textiles, which are so fragile.

    Crazy.

  9. Why are the first 3-4 responders clammering for who posts 1, 2 or 3rd? Is GB dishing out gold, silver and Bronze to comemmorate the olympics :-). Anyways congrats to A Bindra for gold in shooting ( whatever kind that is!) If only Kho-Kho, kabaddi, Kanchi( marbles), and Pidhoo (stacking up small slabs of stones and smashing with a rubber ball and the melee that follows later) were introduced, India could win more medals!.

    Don’t mean to steal Abhinav’s thunder! hats off and God Bless.

    I hope memsaheb won’t squeej my ears for the typos:-), Angraji not my phirst lenguage ( Bhojpuri is).

    Ram-Ram.

  10. Kho-Kho, kabaddi, Kanchi( marbles), and Pidhoo (stacking up small slabs of stones and smashing with a rubber ball and the melee that follows later) were introduced, India could win more medals!.

    only the first time. Next time China/Korea will take over.. 🙂

    Congratulations to Bindra and India. This is huge. The national anthem at the podium brought a lump. It comes on the day, India’s well fed cricket team tamely gave up to Lankans.

    BTW… what do folks on this forum think will be the ultimate ranking?

    I am betting on 1.China 2.USA and 3.Russia (Distant third)
    China is surely winning more golds than US..IMO

    Yesterday’s 4 X 100 swimming relay was awesome. Lezak was unbelievable in last stretch. Beat the shit out of the arrogant French team.

    Totally hooked to olympics (Sorry for the off the topic rant)

  11. I thought you would delve deeper than that. You, in spite of criticising the Bengali, for pontification of chai and chop, you never clarified what is culture according to you. Is it listening to Rabindrasangeet and dicussing Satyajit Ray in Nandan, or is it dancing to bauls in Poush Mela? Maybe all are, however, you cant ridicule the middle class bengali(who is not reading this post in the first place, so you would never get their views) who finds his regional identity more in Sourav Ganguly or some Sare Gama Tv show. I say to each his own.

    Also i was surprised at the pessimism(or cynicism or sarcasm) you showed in the phrase “good riddance”. I am sure you are not as naive as to think someone stole the documents or tagore’s Nobel (which hasnt surfaced yet) to exhibit them in a museum or their private collection. It’s smuggling, not appreciating art!

    I was deeply pained at the news, nevertheless, and thanks for writing on such a subject. However i still maintain Art is for its patrons and not for the unskilled labour who takes the crowded local train home from Sealdah.

  12. @ empty vessel
    No, we require the art thieves to make the government appreciate their value. Look at it from a purely economics-related view. If the demand increases, their price, at least in the eyes of the one who now owns them, increases. Maybe that will make them appreciate the heritage, whose protection and preservation they have undertaken.

    And yes, perhaps each to his own, and yes, perhaps the average European would be similarly apathetic if Renaissance art was being treated that way (not that it would, you see, that would not cost a mere 40 lakhs), but one gets the feeling certain steps would be taken somewhere.

  13. Completely agree with Akhil. It’s not just Bengal- same freakin’ story everywhere!! At least the Rajputs smartly sold their palaces to the Taj group and Oberois. This way, they won’t crumble away and have ‘I love my Shalu’ and lewd drawings scribbled all over them :-p

  14. @ Hades – I think Graphiti is the sunday magazine that Kolkata Telegraph brings out. Does that moron Suhel Seth still provide his agony uncle column there?

  15. @Avik
    //graph’tit’i and graph’tit’!!! Mischievous subconcious showing its presence, huh… //

    How cheap, yaar, how very cheap. Chhi chhii!

    But it’s still a masterful observation. You’re a regular Sherlock.

    @memsaab

    //It’s spelled graffiti//

    And a person named “memsaab” had to point that out. Bloody hell, I say!

    Also this is kinda off the current topic but I went through yr blog and this is my advice : Go for a Charanpreet Singh quiz, NOW! I’m serious…you’ll rock it.

    @Arnie

    //I think Graphiti is the sunday magazine that Kolkata Telegraph brings out. Does that moron Suhel Seth still provide his agony uncle column there?//

    Yup, you’re right. That bloody Telegraph is to blame for my bad spelling.

    And that column was there till six months back but I’ve shifted to Gurgaon after that so I also don’t know.

    Btw since we are on the agony aunt columns topic, Seth is a bachha compared to a column called Mid-life crisis that used to appear in a fabulous newspaper called the ‘Asian Age’ a decade or so back. Its responsible for who I am today.

  16. the original graffiti went like this:

    Bangali jago

    and the riposte was:

    kaacha ghum bhangio na.

    But haloom is equally funny.

    For the one who wanted to know what haloom is: it is the kiddy book term for a lion’s or tiger’s roar. Mind you, it is kiddy story version. In adult world, it is a wimpish version of a roar.

  17. Hi,
    Have been an avid reader of your posts for the last 3 years, although posting for the first time. Top class quality!! Yours is one of the first sites I visit when I log onto the net. Keep up the good work. BTW, my favourite post is the one where you described your marriage. It wins hands down.

  18. I had given up mu hopes when Boi Mela (For the uninitiated – Calcutta Book Fiar – the 2nd most important festival after the Durga Pujo). I simply gave up … we are aantels (lost in translation) and we are allowing the dumbing down of our future.

  19. BTW the much ridiculed organisation” Aamra Bangali” actually roared (or its namesake) actually roared in the recent troubles with the Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling

  20. @THE EMPTY VESSEL

    “…the middle class bengali(who is not reading this post in the first place, so you would never get their views)….
    ……i still maintain Art is for its patrons and not for the unskilled labour who takes the crowded local train home from Sealdah”

    Hey, xcuse me , who do ya thnk u r, George Bernard Shaw or Lakshmi Mittal?
    Well, I wud lyk 2 kno Sire, wat u mean by da middl clas wont b readin dis, den do v presume dat u blong 2 da lower class?….whch does’t seem from the high-nosed false sense of superiority attitude which encircles ur self….
    U hav again posted a highly demeaning comment by sayin art is not 4 da labour who catches da local train from Sealdah……..WAT DA F***????? do u mea 2 say dat only ppl who roam about in Merc or a Ferrari r eligible 2 appreciate the beauty of art? Let me tell u most of the Bengali authors n poets of the ‘Bengali Rennaisance’ period includin SaratChandra except ofcourse da gr8 Tagore used 2 write keepin da middle n the lower class in mind……n wat do ya thnk, dat educated ppl only reside in Calcutta or wat, all ppl in da suburbs n towns r uneducated oafs????? dat any person takin a train frm Sealdah wont b abl 2 apprciate art?
    Newayz, i dnt want jabber on givin u a moral lecture………but i really feel dat u hav highly wrong notions and have made some really ludicrous statements which really go to show- although u may b highly successful in ure respactive field(which i dont kno ofcourse)-how apt ur name sounds wen comin 2 knowledge bout Bengal is concerned…….

  21. @THE EMPTY VESSEL

    i wud also lyk 2 kno y da middle class wont be readin dis post??????? do u presume da middle class Bengali 2 b illiterate or assume dem 2 b ignorant of da intrnet….plz clarify Sire……

  22. Not only bengal, happens in every state

    In maharashtra shivajis forts go crumbling brick by brick owing to non maintainence, whereas new statues are erected all over town.
    We are very proud of our culture really.

    BTW once and for all, there is no Ipod right.
    then why do we see a few guys asking for one in every first post.

  23. Were you typing on your cellphone or on your keyboard? Whatever the merits/demerits of The Empty Vessel’s points, he/she is at least readable. Please use user-friendly/reader-friendly text next time onwards. Cheers!

  24. @shovon: What i meant was, the daily commuter has more on his plate that come down on the streets against documents getting stolen from National Library. No offence meant, i have in no way implied that Bengali’s are illiterate or ignorant.

    “Hey, xcuse me , who do ya thnk u r, George Bernard Shaw or Lakshmi Mittal?”
    neither, though i wonder whats common between them. 🙂

    “Well, I wud lyk 2 kno Sire, wat u mean by da middl clas wont b readin dis, den do v presume dat u blong 2 da lower class?”
    I dont mind being in whatever class you put me in. Not too much into the class thingy anyway! 😀

    “do u mea 2 say dat only ppl who roam about in Merc or a Ferrari r eligible 2 appreciate the beauty of art? ”
    Not at all, on the contrary a thing of beauty is a joy forever, as the cliche goes. However, only the economically sound has the means to patronise art. And keep in mind, that is what artists survive on.

    “dat educated ppl only reside in Calcutta or wat, all ppl in da suburbs n towns r uneducated oafs????”
    Do i dare to think so! Did i ever say so?

    Summing up, i would like to say, shovon or whosoever maybe, please read whatever is written carefully, before making personal statements. And yes, you might not agree with me, and you can get vocal, but is it too much an ask if one has to be polite?

    And Shovon, thanks for appreciating the aptness of my adopted moniker!

  25. “What i meant was, the daily commuter has more on his plate that come down on the streets against documents getting stolen from National Library.”
    Well, u did not mention bout da cumin dwn on da street, rather had said “…the middle class bengali who is not reading this post….” I hope u can clearly locate da difference betw da 2…..i dnt understand wat prevents a person who has “more on his plate” from reading blogs or posts on da net…. Moreover, I wud lyk 2 state dat it is primarily a section of da middle class and not the upper class or ‘bourgeois’as dey r cald, dat cum dwn on da streets wid da famous ‘amader daabi maante hobe’ or ‘cholche,cholbe’ sort of slogans(whether I support or disapprove of it is a different issue altogether).

    “‘Hey, xcuse me , who do ya thnk u r, George Bernard Shaw or Lakshmi Mittal?’
    neither, though i wonder whats common between them”
    I dont think i hav evr said dere’s nythin common betw dem, rather dat is da very reason y i’ve used dere names in 2 diff contexts….

    “‘den do v presume dat u blong 2 da lower class?’ I dont mind being in whatever class you put me in”
    I am afraid dat u’ve published only a part of my comment which gives a completely different view from what da whole statement indicates which went as ‘den do v presume dat u blong 2 da lower class?….whch does’t seem 2 b da case from the high-nosed false sense of superiority attitude which encircles ur self….’

    “However, only the economically sound has the means to patronise art”
    well, ur Contemptous and Scornful attitude raises its ugly head once again…..4 u evrythin may b 4 da cash-rich people who have da means 2 “patronise” stuff, but i wud lyk 2 say dat dre r libraries n art-galleries wher ppl frm various strata of society can savour dere beauty….. do u mean 2 say dat ppl who hav da “means 2 patronise” filmstars and cricketers hav da only right 2 catch dem in action?

    “Do i dare to think so! Did i ever say so?”
    Well, u nvr said so, but ur Deriding statement “not for the unskilled labour who takes the crowded local train home from Sealdah.” to the suburbs or small towns, smacked of an intention of Demeanin da ppl frm da outskirts of da city….

    I still honestly feel u hold da middle class ppl n ppl frm da suburbs with gr8 Disdain n watever observations u’ve maid in ur 2nd post r quite superficial arguments which contradict da observations which u had made in ur earlier post which had cum frm deep-rooted conviction on ur part……. Newayz, i congratulate u 4 ur values n wish u all da best 4 ur narrow-minded views…..Njoi….

  26. hmmm…..
    loved the post… though still didnt figure out the first few comments…
    and u have quite a fan following…
    i am hopefully wishing that the stolen goods arrive at my doorstep magically… or i go back in time and take it myself….
    to the empty vessels and shovon….
    halooms(read yawns) away to glory…we bongs have a way of proving why we are called “bongs” isnt it?? u two stop being senti… and if thr are any typos… pls excuse me

  27. A nice post indeed. It is sadly true that in West Bengal,(read Calcuttta) the very word culture is a sensitive and whimsical issue. While we bengalis are ready to vouch for our cultural superiority, in my opinion it is limited to a few (deformred) verses of Rabindranath, some quotations of Bose, some faint movie clips of Ray/Ghatak and some more from Sunil and then the rest is filled up with bangla band(whose names/themes change faster than the lunar cycle) and other Indian versions of (copied)western culture.
    With roughly these icons of our culture some new some old we never question ourselves:
    Why is that there is no- one even remotely closer to Tagore as a poet?
    Why don’t we have anyone who is as versatile as Ray,since Ray?
    Well, the answer is simple, we have started to believe that they are superhuman and so we respect them like the idols in a temple but they are not a part of our lives.
    And to all those middle class people who have used their daily struggle as an excuse, I will say that you form the largest economic strength in the society, and the entertainers/writers try to entertain you and if in the darkest corner of your hearts you think that the prevailing culture is not what you seek then probably you share some blame too.

  28. @ The Empty Vessel

    Let me ask you a few questions:
    Why do you think daily commuters pay taxes and governments use part of that money to build museums, art gallery and promote films?
    Why do we preserve Victoria Memorial and not turn it into some prime real estate property?
    Why do you( and many commuters/labor) take great pains to visit the same durga pratimas standing in long queues for hours? Why do we invest so much money in the pratimas at all when they will be immersed in water?

    Well the labor who commutes daily to work also has certain needs besides his daily struggle, and to satiate the need of the society as a whole requires some effort/responsibility from the society itself.

  29. @ dark lord: appreciate the point you made. i never said i have an answer, i said lets delve deeper. why, as you pointed out, bengalis consider themselves to be culturally superior, why isnt there another tagore, or ray?

    answer to your questions: that government uses part of the money to preserve museums, and in what amount is not directly decided by the poeple. i would say forcing the govt to allocate money, we should look into issues like this: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080813/jsp/calcutta/story_9684784.jsp
    This is a problem that cant be addressed through protests and marching on the streets, or being cynical. It has to be imbibed socially, at homes. It has to addressed by the elected government(the patrons in original comment) who have a moral responsibility to posterity for protecting a culture’s history and artifacts.

    Durga pujo is a cultural festival of bengal. And people who spend money in celebrating it are absolutely justified inasmuch the happiness it provides. I am not asking for a balance sheet for culture v/s money. What i am saying(re-iterating!) is let each enjoy/ entertain himself his own way. Be it through ray, tagore or mithunda. Which also brings me why i like Greatbong so much. The way he appreciates the Mithun or a Govinda(in the same vein as Pather Panchali) who provide entertainment to millions in India.

    All i commented on was not to be cynical when saying Good-that-it-has-been-stolen. That is something i thought i should retort to.

    Again shovon, dude, you totally got me wrong. Read my original comment!

  30. I have been spending the last 3 weeks in Kolkata, and I can definitively state that there is no culture left in this city. The standard of discourse, both political and cultural, has gone down the drain. Listening to political speeches makes one yawn in tired disbelief – is this the kind of speeches that roused generations to action once upon a time? Tired clichés, idiotic, illogical rhetoric – there is no substance of any kind.

    There is zero business culture here. Medical shops close on the weekend, especially Sundays. So if you are in Kolkata, and you fall down and cut your head on a Sunday, good luck trying to find a bandage. Sweet shop employees will serve you when they feel like, liquor shop (when you can find them) employees will refuse to give you plastic bags to carry your beer home unless you buy at least 4 bottles, bank employees (at least the nationalized ones) will attend to you only after they have completed their tea and newspaper reading in the morning – the list is endless.

    I have realized it is extremely trying for someone coming from even a place like Bombay or Pune to stay in Kolkata. I can never stay here, even if my parents are planning to come back soon. (This is a warning to all expat Bongs. If you are thinking of coming back to India – well and good, but if you are thinking West Bengal – it will be next to impossible for you to adjust. All that IT et al stuff is just restricted to Sector 5, and even that has gone to the dogs now.

    In all this, can you expect that artistic treasures will be taken care of? The National Library cataloguing staff is supposed to catalogue 8-10 books a day. They do two. And when the Director pointed that out, they gheraod him, protesting that cataloguing was a very tough job!

    I am sorry, culture is dead in Bengal. There is no respect – only lip service. This government has killed everything off. I would be very happy if the rare books and paintings are stolen (many of them are already) and spirited away by true art lovers who will appreciate them and preserve them, even if that is in another country! We, the people, don’t get to see or appreciate them anyway. Let them occupy pride of place in a private collector’s temperature controlled den rather then stacked on top of each other in a musty, damp corner of a termite ridden basement of a government building.

  31. @shan

    teachers’ day is around the corner and the staffroom is resigning itself to a weary three hour show based on song and dance routines of bollywood films.
    many of our students do learn classical dances or singing, but it all gets drowned in the pop-culture where everybody can shake a leg.

    i wonder at myself.
    i like a.r. rahman, so it is culture with a capital c.
    i don’t like the bump and grind dance routines, so — it becomes oposonskriti.

    what do the cosmopolitan souls of bombay and pune discuss?
    do they always hang around the prithvi theatre?
    (hey, even i know that the marathi theatre IS good.)

    i like to attend the art shows in Cal, when i get the time. wish i could afford those Rs 30,000 to 70,000 canvases. Worth every penny and are very good investments too.

  32. @The empty vessel
    @Swati

    Let me clarify a few things what I meant was that culture/art etc has a much larger role in our mundane lives than we realize. It may not be apparent but its importance can never be disregarded.It is also not specific to any community but it is universal.

    @The empty vessel
    The feigned superiority of bengali culture as assumed by many bengalis just manifests our emptiness. Most of us have no idea about the vastness or richness of our cultural heritage, much less about others.

    I think the very word culture is a dynamic notion which evolves in time and form. The very fact that we don’t have a substitute for Ray/ Tagore may be illustrative of the very fact that the subsequent generations have failed to embody the elements which touch our hearts. It is our failure as a race.

    @Shan
    I wouldn’t be as nihilistic as you but yes I do feel that the present form of culture is dismal. The future holds little hope.However this is also true for other metro-cities in India.

  33. @shouri
    when one is outnumbered by 5000 to a 50, even a mouse will roar. These aamra bangali thugs in siliguri are state sponsored. Do you know what their agenda is? They want Greater Bangalistan comprising of Bangladesh, tripura, west bengal, jharkhand and many other states. If this is not anti-national, them what is?

  34. So watz wrong in it dude………If East n West Germany can unite, why ca’t our Bangali bhais from East Pakistan and Tripura unite with us…..our language and culture is the same? Moreover, remember Bangalis from across the border preserve our heritage and culture mor than this side….

  35. prasun Aug 11th, 2008 at 5:57 am

    another example of wall writing … Amra Bangali had written ” Bangali jago ” and below that was the priceless ” jegechi … ebaar cha dao ” …

    ———————–

    PRASUN, amar version chhilo

    “Bangali jago”

    replied by

    “bangalir kancha ghum vangio na !”

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