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He added that the committee is yet to have its first meeting, the design of the tenements has attracted much criticism. Political analyst and writer Sekhar Datta said that in the outgoing year it had become explicitly clear that the Congress had become insignificant and that the BJP would take its place next February. "Due to misgovernance, Ahead of the 25 August verdict,one of the rape survivors had told The Indian Expressthat she was hopeful about Singh being punished: “Hamney to suna hai ye India hai yahan aasani se nyay nahi milta hai Aur woh bhi jab ladai ek powerful ke khilaf ho Paise wala kuch bhi kar sakta hai yahan (We have heard it’s not easy to get justice in India especially when the fight is against a powerful person A person who has money can do anything here)” She further added: “Fortunately this case was handled by honest officers from CBI They have tried their best to ensure justice to us That’s why we have hope” However she was worried about her own life and her family’s safety: “My life has changed after I gave the statement I can’t move freely There is a danger to my life I am also apprehensive about lives of my family members” The worst thing is that Ram Rahim is not the only self-styled godman against whom criminal cases have been registered in India And with Singh now being locked up for 20 years it might well warrant an anti-superstition bill for the entire nation A bill that criminalises the existence of such self-proclaimed godmen who spread farcical ideas A pragmatic bill that eliminates blind faith One that was visioned by practical minds like Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare Written by Sumana Mukherjee | Updated: October 7 2017 12:24 am The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta Kushanava Choudhury (Bloomsbury Circus 241 pages; Rs 499) Related News Calcutta is personal And the front flap blurb contains all the trigger words: immigrant Princeton British Raj mosquitoes hawkers fish-sellers Would this be another book balancing nostalgia with wide-eyed wonder Or would it hit the road running in one more case of parachute authoring Or worse would it be a supercilious outsider’s take on a city that is easy to love easy to hate but hard to know Calcutta that most storied of cities has been subjected to all kinds right from Geoffrey Moorhouse’s 1971 work to Amit Chaudhuri’s Two Years in the City (2013) In recent years it has been best served by Strangely Beloved: Writings on Calcutta (2014) a compilation of essays and excerpts that by virtue of its format held up special-interest mirrors to facets of the city from the Eastern Calcutta wetlands to the soundscape that birthed India’s first rock band The flipside is the academic undertone that robs the city of some of its joy and the nostalgia shoehorn that depletes some immediacy Superficially The Epic City has none of those problems: Kushanava Choudhury spent some of his childhood years in Calcutta and then comes back to work in the city as a reporter at The Statesman (peeve: the article is part of the masthead so why lose it) at the turn of the millennium as a fresh Ivy League graduate “Like the revolutionaries of my parents’ generation I wanted to change things…My best hope for making a difference was to work at a newspaper” To translate those efforts to “make a difference” into a book would be a straight card into disaster zone Where Choudhury scores emphatically is in twinning his heart mind and soul — his own story — with the city’s to forge a work that is as gritty as the Beleghata canals as wondrous as Kumortuli as determinative as the Partition Groomed in the shoe-leather reporting The Statesman was once renowned for (the newspaper’s decline is an obvious parallel for the city) Choudhury lends depth to his observations with lightly worn erudition to produce one of the most readable accounts of a world city Casual chats with relations friends colleagues merge seamlessly with purposeful conversations with trade unionists little magazine archivists impoverished scions of Calcutta’s oldest families descendents of refugees small publishers idol sculptors Underlying it all is an understanding of cultural crosscurrents — Satyajit Ray of course but more (and more powerfully) Ritwik Ghatak Michael Madhusudan Dutt but also Mujtaba Ali — and an instinctive sense of history that burrows into unarticulated spaces uncomfortable silences Cleverly constructed and utterly relevant as each of the 14 chapters of the book is in conveying Choudhury’s clear-eyed vision of the city two in my mind stand out In ‘College Street’ the essay that opens the core section the author uses a favourite trope for all city chroniclers to eviscerate one of its most fondly held myths: Of Calcutta as a centre of learning Traipsing through the portals of little magazines and past “rainwater and dog shit” of university avenue Choudhury trains his guns on the “notes business” which finesses the education system to ensure intellectual stagnation more effectively than the much-reviled brain drain ever could The mood of The Epic City grows darker as it investigates the methodical de-industrialisation of Calcutta — the old factories in the southern reaches memorialised only as bus-stops such as Bengal Lamp and Usha — the rarely acknowledged Hindu-Muslim divide (including at The Statesman as cosmopolitan as the city likes to think itself to be) and in ‘Russian Dolls’ it culminates in a familial account of the run-up to Partition and its aftermath Weaving together the devastating sequence of the World War II in Europe the Churchill-directed Bengal famine the consequences of Direct Action Day with his own grandparents’ displacement from East Pakistan and pitching forward to the rise of the Communists and the Naxal rebellion to his father’s decision to migrate Choudhury creates a stunning tight fabric of continuum?Always empathetic mostly sharp and frequently insightful this is a heart-full work on a heartbreaking city notwithstanding the gaping hole of the post-2011 Mamata Banerjee years While it might even impress the resident Calcuttan it is definitely recommended for anyone else ever touched by the city Sumana Mukherjee is a writer in Bengaluru For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Published: January 17 2016 2:23 am Related News Rahul Gandhi has asked the state leadership of the party to strive for alliances with all likeminded secular parties including NCP Although Assembly elections in Maharashtra are way ahead in 2019 the AICC vice-president spelt out the party’s directives based on consolidating the political base through alliances with secular parties to check the electoral growth of BJP in MaharashtraPolitical equations between Congress and NCP soured in the 2014 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections and they contested the elections alone A senior AICC functionary said “At present there is a lack of trust between Congress and the NCP But four years is a long period and efforts from now can help us to mend fences to our advantage” The state leaders believe the NCP’s attempts to get ahead of Congress works to their disadvantage Whether it is MPCC chief Ashok Chavan or former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan all have been repeatedly stating that NCP should spell out its political strategy clearly The state Congress leaders believe “The NCP leadership should categorically distance itself from the BJP both at the centre and in the state Unless that is clear mending fences to strengthen our alliance would be a difficult exercise” However state NCP chief Sunil Tatkare says “NCP has made its stand clear that it will always work with secular forces to fight communal parties So where is the ambiguity” Yet both parties believe once the final decisions are taken by party high command Sonia Gandhi and NCP president Sharad Pawar cadre will follow at grass roots According to Congress insiders “Rahul Gandhi who is rooted to ground realities believes the decision making on state Assembly elections should be driven by the local leadership as was done in the Bihar where the alliance was a uniform chorus which was proved right strategy” Ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in half a dozen states during 2016-17 the AICC strategy will be to promote alliances Indications are Gandhi junior hinted that the Bihar model which had thwarted Narendra Modi’s electoral march and dented his image was a well calculated strategy of the Congress Similar strategy should be extended to other states heading for alliances If AICC is to be believed the Congress has started backdoor talks with both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls for 403 assembly seats The UP polls it believes will be make or break If Bihar model clicks Congress allies can give a tough fight to BJP in the Hindi heartland a senior functionary revealed For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Published: June 30 2016 6:15 pm Shabana Azmi says Saiyami seems as confident as a seasoned actor Top News After catching a glimpse of newcomer Saiyami Kher’s work in the trailer of Mirzya Shabana Azmi is all praise for her niece The veteran actress and social activist says Saiyami seems as confident as a seasoned actor Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s upcoming directorial Mirzya also marks the debut of Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Share This Article Related Article “The trailer of ‘Mirzya’ tantalises teases and shows you glimpses that make you hunger for more Saiyami is fresh as a dewdrop Newcomers Nay they make confident debuts seen only in seasoned actors Can’t wait to watch the film” Shabana a veteran actress acclaimed for her power-packed performances said in a statement Mehra’s directorial is inspired by the tale of the legend of Mirza-Sahiban and is touted to be an epic action-romance set in contemporary times The film is slated to hit the screens on October 7 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Wellington | Published: November 15 2016 2:33 pm Shane Jurgensen will be bowling coach untill the 2019 World Cup (Source: Reuters) Top News New Zealand have confirmed Shane Jurgensen as full-time bowling coach through to the 2019 World Cup after employing the Australian on an interim basis since February The former Bangladesh coach will have his second stint in the role having been the Black Caps’ bowling coach from 2008-10 “Shane’s been impressive with the structure he’s brought to the bowling unit and we’re pleased to be able to lock him into a long-term contract” head coach Mike Hesson said in a media release on Tuesday “His knowledge of all conditions and his overall experience has been evident during his time with us” New Zealand open their two-test series against Pakistan in Christchurch on Thursday For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: June 22 2009 2:42 am Related News • The editorial Beyond binaries has suggested sustaining pressure on Pakistan but does not give any clue of tackling it through the means of political diplomacy The very concept and existence of Pakistan as a country has always depended on upholding and projecting anti-India sentimentsby both its civilian leaders and military dictators Since the power hungry and belligerent military will be a difficult proposition to contain politicallythe best option will be to address and support civilian leaders like Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif P Krishna K Menon Pune Social investments • As long as there are shortagesthe customer pays a higher price for poor productsas is seen in private schools and private hospitals With negligible spending by governmentthe shortage in school admission and medical facilities is very highcoupled with the inferior service on offer Henceprivate supply appears to be a better alternative India needs large investmentsprivate or publicfor social services K Raghu Ahmedabad Dropping the ball • MS Dhoni is under-performing ever since his inclusion in Team India It will be interesting to see how he continues to lead India under these changed circumstances There is no doubt that the team will make a startling comeback But will Dhoni The forthcoming West Indies tour will be the first test for the men in blueespecially Dhoni Pankul Delhi Duped by IPL • This refers to Lower standards in IPL gave false sense of security. punished for his crime. “Somebody who has a lot more humility and is a lot more willing to learn. 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police said. which have still not been accepted by the 30-member committee, French President Francois Hollande congratulated Rutte on his election success and his "clear victory against extremism. I wish I could remember the title (of a Hindi movie I’ve seen)! 2012 4:21 am Related News Amid the changing political dynamics in the Hills following the Justice Shyamal Sen panel recommendations on the GTA, Sushant Kulkarni: What is the co-relation of HIV prevalence in urban vis-a-vis rural areas?” said Narang. Narang has been coaching rifle shooters at his Gun For Glory Academy at the Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, 2018 release in the US. 2016 3:00 am Related News The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is focussing on wooing NRIs this election season.

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