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Mamata Banerjee’s niece loses job in wake of alleged “illegal” appointment of non-teaching staff

Trinamool Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s niece Brishti Mukherjee loses her Group C staff member job at Bolpur Upper Primary School after her name featured on 608th position in the list of names for cancellation of jobs as ordered by the Calcutta HC.

Brishti Mukherjee who hails from Birbhum’s Kusumba village, the CM’s maternal home, was allegedly appointed “illegally” as a non-teaching staff member by the West Bengal School Service Commission (WBSSC).

When asked her father, Nihar Mukherjee, refuted all the allegations and informed that her daughter Brishti, had joined the school but only for a day or two and left the job. He also said that her daughter did not draw any salary. Well, there are numerous missing links in the story. One, if Brishti left the job in 2012 or 13 then how come her name surface in the list now? Two, if Brishti and her father is speaking truth then how come there is no documented proof of her resignation? Three, why Brishti herself is not much vocal about the allegations hurled at her? draw salary too.

It’s too early to comment who is wrong or who is pretending to be naive. If the allegations come out to be true then both Supremo and nephew will have to answer many bitter questions no matter if they are “choto ghotona” (petty incident) for them.

Praises going overboard! Bengal Governor compares Mamata Banerjee with icons like Radhakrishnan, Milton & Kalam

Let’s keep aside paintings, songs and not to forget poems like ‘epang opang jhopang…potang…dang dang…” the masterpieces by Trinamool Supremo Mamata Banerjee, what should we call a Chief Minister who says, “Will offer stone chips to PM Modi in Bengal” or “Shall slap him”? Or are these very civilised words? The issue has come up as Governor CV Ananda Bose complimenting Banerjee being conferred upon with DLitt by St Xavier’s University.

Few observations – A blunt compliment from the Governor for a political head is dangerous. This means the Governor either has no clue of the ‘jungle raaj’ in the state or least interested in the plight of people. It’s indeed scary as Trinamool is using Bose as a ‘reply’ or sand bag. From past Governors – MK Narayanan, Keshari Nath Tripathi to Dhankar, Banerjee had problems. Is this a political posturing? Trinamool has a least interest for administrative chairs, why still, Bose is so appreciative? Many missing links…

Re-joinder: Governor Bose has compared Trinamool Supremo with names like Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Vajpayee, Winston Churchill… Dr Radhakrishnan and John Milton (the worst comparisons …perhaps). Supremo called Park Street gangrape “choto ghotona” (petty incident) and sent the Investigating Officer in exile posting for bringing facts. She could identify ‘Maoists’ just by seeing – Tumpa and Moushumi Koyal to Shiladittya and even a college student in TV show Taniya Bhardwaj. Gave the slogan ‘bodla noy badal chai’ (not revenge but change), mere slogan. Never complimented Barun Biswas, the man (a real hero) stood against marathon rapes in Sutia. No ‘bhushan or shree’ awards. Height of shamelessness when she introduced compensation for rape victims – more money if victim is young. Never heard a word when oppositions are attacked. Least talk of her schemes – ‘Shree and Sathi’, I have seen in Kolkata, interacted with incumbents and parents. Not going into political inefficiency, she has ruined health, education and governance.    

Rejoinder: Honestly, I wanted to stay away from this too in volumes but a journo instigated me on Mamata Banerjee. Infact, I know I am more than a vocal, aggressive and blunt critic of Trinamool and Supremo. I can’t write everything on the public domain why, when and what has turned me into a critic but all I can say and those who know Bengal thick and thin or follow knows whatever I write, say in my LIVES on #nonsensetalknews are nothing but truth. The fact is people who today are against her were once the biggest admirers of her as they ushered-in immense faith in her but she lost it all to satisfy, appease and please vested interests. Eg. She called Park Street gamgrape as “choto ghotona” (petty incident) as the main accused Kader Khan was the boyfriend and fiance of actress turned Trinamool Nusrat Jahan. Numerous instances. All this gradually ditanced her from the people who simply regarded as Goddess. In 2011, when she came to power, people had immense expectations but she failed on the face value to keep their confidence. Ask locals across Bengal, and you will hear it yourself. She not only ruined the state but maligned humanity, may talk big on women safety but actually did nothing to protect the dignity of women… Talk to people in the state, find out yourself.

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Netaji Zindabad! Azad Hind Zindabad!

Entire world today is paying tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 126th birth anniversary. The main function was held at the Netaji Bhawan, Elgin Road in Kolkata, West Bengal. The day has been named as ‘Parakram Diwas’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. Each year apart from regular programmes, a Netaji Memorial Lecture is organised at the Netaji Bhawan which is addressed by eminent people from all walks of life. It is from this house Netaji Bose had escaped in the car in the disguise of a Maulana (Muslim teacher), his nephew Dr Sishir Kumar Bose had driven him to Gomoh, Bihar. Netaji Bose took to Kabul, rest is history.

Once again, the long controversy over his death or where about came up today as some love to believe that Netaji Bose died in the Taihoku plane crash the rest have divided opinion – they believe the Gumnami Baba theory. However, there are numerous instances where the Taihoku crash has been totally ruled out as it is believed no plane took off on that day from Japan’s Tokyo. While some also believe that this entire crash theory could be a planned propaganda scripted by Netaji Bose himself.

Four probe commissions were set up but none reached the conclusion. The Modi government did declassify a few files but till date no expose on where Netaji Bose went or if he was murdered then who was behind his murder. Almost all the government had issued a probe and set up commissions in Netaji Bose’s disappearance mystery. When Purabai Mukherjee commission was close to disclose, the commission was scraped. We have written a lot on the assumptions and presumptions of what may had happen to Netaji. Whether it had something to do with the INA trial or he was killed in Siberia but one thing is certain that Netaji Bose did not die in the plane crash that took place in Taihoku as there are enough evidence that it was General Shidea. Hence, it’s immaterial that the ashes kept at Renkoji Temple does not belong to Netaji Bose.

Some alleged the declassification of the Netaji’s files by the Modi government and subsequently by Mamata Banerjee government were nothing but a political posturing as it was done when elections were knocking at the door in West Bengal.

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In late 80’s then Information and Broadcasting minister Ajit Panja in Rajiv Gandhi cabinet had pulled up the Doordarshan for pronouncing ‘dead’ for Netaji Bose during a reportage on DD News on January 23. Though, BJP after coming to power tried its best to super impose the ‘death’ theory of Netaji Bose. Rajnath Singh had tweeted as ‘Shahid’ (martyr) which ran into controversy but it was the beginning of a bigger ‘conspiracy’ which came to light on Wednesday when the RTI tried to establish Netaji Bose died in the crash.

It’s indeed a national shame that even after 75 years of independence, India till date could not know what happened to Netaji Bose. No matter whatever is said or whoever says, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose neither died in the crash nor the ashes kept at Renkoji Temple belong to Netaji Bose…Netaji Zindabad! Azad Hind Zindabad!

Humanity above any religion, said Swami Vivekananda

“otho, jaago, egiye cholo” (arise, wake-up, don’t stop till you reach your goal), were the inspiring words by Swami Vivekananda whose teaching were simple but practical. World is celebrating his 159th birth anniversary on Thursday January 12th today.

Special programmes are organised across all the Ramakrishna Missions in the country and outside India. The main function was held at Swami Vivekananda’s residence in Shimla Road, north Kolkata. Apart from that, special puja was also held at the Belur Math in Howrah district of West Bengal where Swami Vivekananda took samadhi at the age of 39. The Belur Math is also the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission sect.

Swami Vivekananda always said humanity above any religion. He asked, “maanush r jonne dhormo na dhoro r jonne maanush?” (Is religion for people or people for religion?). He followed the philosophies laid down by his Master or ‘guru’, Ramakrishna Paramhansa who spoke of simple and practical way to follow religion. He believed God is one and to reach Him all one is required to do is to madidate. Swamiji, once said people should play football than sitting in prayers whole day long.

This day each year is also celebrated as National Youth Day. Swami Vivekananda always placed the youth power above everything and said any country can prosper only if the youth in that country are disciplined and dedicated in their goals.

President Draupadi Murmu tweeted to pay her tributes to Swami Vivekananda.

“My tributes to Swami Vivekananda on his birth anniversary! An iconic personality who combined spirituality and patriotism, he propagated Indian values globally. His life and teachings continue to inspire youth to follow their dreams and achieve greater goals.”

The Prime Minister in his message said his great ideals and ideas will continue to guide the countrymen. PM Modi said, the life, patriotism, spiritualism and dedication will always inspire the youth.

PM Modi who had a deep connection with the Ramakrishna Mission since his early days and had once decided to join the sect also mentioned how the life and teaching of Swami Vivekananda had a major influence on him.

The day is also observed as the National Youth Day.

Kalpataru Utsav is being celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervor

Kalpataru Utsav or festival is being celebrated across all the Ramakrishna Missions in India and outside but the main programme is being celebrated at the Kashipur or Cossipore Udyanbati, north Kolkata.

On this day in 1886, Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa called all his disciples including his favourite Swami Vivekananda and reveled himself to be an Avtar (reincarnation) of God. The event took place at the Kashipur Garden House or Udyanbati in north Kolkata, which is now a part of the Ramakrishna Math, a branch of Ramakrishna Order. This is the place where Ramakrishna spent the last days of his life.

Apart from Kashipur Udyanbati, special puja is also organised at the Dakshineshwar Temple. Where devotees offer puja at the Maa Bhavatarini’s temple. Since morning devotees throng the temple to offer puja.

The Kalpataru tree is still there and is worshiped. On this day, special puja is held around the Kalpataru tree. In the Kathamrita, it is mentioned that Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa said, “You all don’t need to go anywhere, your house shall always have my presence. Which exists in the whole world, already exists in your house. I had made 16 Annas, you make a rupee from it, that will be enough”.

It is believed that the Kalpataru tree fulfills all the desires of those who worships it.

Actor Aindrila Sharma bids adieu, lost battle with life after defeating twice

Popular Bengali television actress Aindrila Sharma who fought a difficult battle with life and defeated death twice earlier had to give up her battle this time after fighting for twenty-days in hospital where she was admitted following brain stroke. She survived cancer twice and returned to the screen in 2015. She died on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday, the actress had multiple cardiac arrests. She was 24 and survived by her parents.

She was admitted to a private hospital in Howrah on November 1, 2022 after a brain stroke, and the CT scan of her brain showed a massive haemorrhage on the left side. She suffered from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that occurs in bones or in the soft tissue around the bones. She was treated with surgery and chemoradiation. Aindrila, underwent critical surgery, and a biopsy showed that she was having brain metastases. She was treated by a team of neurosurgeon, neurologist, critical care specialist, infectious disease specialist, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist.

A native of Murshidabad district, Aindrila Sharma, was a well-known face on Bengali television, appearing in serials such as ‘Jiyon Kathi’, ‘Jhumur’ and ‘Jiban Jyoti’. Aindrila Sharma recently featured in the Zee Bangla Cinema original film ‘Bhole Baba Par Karega’ and was seen in the role of Anirban Chakraborti’s daughter. She recently appeared in a web series, ‘Bhagar’, in which she was seen opposite her real-life partner Sabyasachi Chowdhury., the man who stood beside her like rock during her struggle with life.

Entire Tollywood industry has mourned her death. Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are abuzz with messages like “Rest In Peace, well fought”.

Rewriting history? Mamata Banerjee blames CPI(M) for kicking out Tatas

“keu keu bole berachhey Tata der aami Bangla theke ber kore diyechi, r Tata chakri dichhey… Tata der aami ber korini, CPI(M) korechey…” (Some people are saying that I had turnerd out the Tatas from bengal, and today Tata is offering employment. The fact is I did not oust Tatas but it was CPI(M). These were the words of Trinamool Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee churning fresh controversy from an even in Siliguri. One fails to understand, if Mamata Banerjee is really so naive that she forgets or do these things deliberately. Anyways, the truth is this too like her many claims or convictions is a ‘blatant’ lie. Though for her it could be nothing but “choto ghotona” (petty incident), “sajano ghotona” (concocted incident), the two of her cult catch phrases out of the three. The other one is “bohiragoto der kaaj” (work of alliens).

Problem is Trinamool since its inception has been resting on the pillars of falsehood, people did not realise that the catch lines or slogans coined before the 2011 Assembly Polls – ‘Bodla Noi Bodol Chai’ (not revenge but change) and ‘Maa Mati Manush’ had nothing to do with reality. She was the first to infuse hatred among the rivals within the party and result we saw regular cat-fights between her leadres creating factions. Both ‘Maa Mati Manus’ and ‘Bodla Noi Bodol Chai’ are now forgotten.

Coming back to Tatas. It was Mamata Banerjee who had raised a hue and cry over Tata acquiring farm lands or green lands from the farmers by paying a paltry amount for the Nano project. This was happening when the Nano factory had almost established itself and was waiting for the first lot of Nano cars to roll out of the Singur factory. The agitation carried out by her saw immense drama including terror for the hapless farmers who opposed to her and wanted to remain with the Tatas as they saw development and in Ratan Tata’s words, “We would make the place a second Jamshedpore. We mean words, its our my conviction to give the locals job in the factory. I too would not have believed it had I not met people who had been in Singur. I was told that Didi had not only had spoil the the employment opportunity but have made them landless as Banerjee had promised them that the land would be returned once she comes to power but the fact is court had refused and said not Banerjee jurisdiction to comment on the land.

Suddenly, she has forgotten her own role in the Singur fiasco, and squarely blamed the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattachrya for the oust of Tatas. Strange, she has forgotten how Bhatacharya had created the Information Technology hub Sector V in Salt Lake. Today, if you visit the place especially during the evening or night then you will see entire building that used to be illuminated earlier now wear a deserted look. I had spoken to many food stalls across Sector V and they all told me “aage to shara raat bhor manush thakto, kaaj korto, aamraao khabar toiri kortam…ekhun shondhey holei ondhokaar hoi jai…ager moton business nei… ei shashok dol Sector V ke shesh kore diyechey…” (earlier, people used to work here whole night and we too had prepared food for them, they would cpome at night and have food but now the area gets pitch dark once evening rolls. There are no business. The present regime has doomed the IT business…) If this is not enough then you can also talk to eateries, and even the drivers who ply the shuttle cabs or trekkers.

The fact is Banerjee and her party has totally ruined the state from health to education and even governance. Her party has done only two things – One, paint the city blue and white with the paints supplied by a particular hardware shop outside Harish Chatterjee Street. Two, raising mindless murals, and structures across the city that has no significance. On development, her government made tall claims but has done nothing. She may feel happy patting her own back over the numerous ‘Shree’ and ‘Sathi’ projects but if you take a close look or talk to people across the state then you would know the fact behind the projects. Even, some college students told me they were allegedly threatened y the in-charge of the ‘Kanyashree’ project in the respective colleges for refusing to take for refusing to take advantage of the so-called project. The equation is simple and easy, these projects are a facade to show development in the state and if the student backs out then he or she would not feature in the list used to show the success of her projects to churn votes prior to 2022 Bengal assembly Polls.

Last but not the last, her ‘Utkarsha Bangla’ project rolled across Bengal that talk of skill development or vocational courses is also a big claim with no material in it. The fact is who ever had (baring the bhakts) enrolled with the project have left or cursed themselves as the state government took a 180 degree turn on all the convictions and promises they had made to the incumbents. The worst sufferers are those who had joined the courses out of good faith or with the zeal to learn the respective course inorder to pursue it as their career. They (may who can’t afford to even arrange two square meals) had enrolled with a hope of changing the lifestyle of their and their family but have been cheated and are now cursing themselves for trusting Banerjee and the ‘Utkarsha Bangla’ project.

Bidding adieu to Maa Durga with tears, interesting rituals and traditions

Amidst the shouting of ‘aschey bochor aabaar hobe…’ (next year will again celebrate), the idols of Goddess Durga is immersed in the river. With the pain in eyes, yet another that year of waiting starts.

Indeed, a sad day for all Bengalies across the globe as the four day of festive celebrations are over living the faithfulls in tears as Goddess Durga or Maa Durga embarks on her voyage to the Kailash.

In Bengal, there are a few well known families like Sovabazar Rajbari, Hathkhola Dutta Bari, Laha Bari, Sabarna Roy Choudhury, Mallick Bari, Chatu Babu and Latu Babu, Bhawanipur De Bari, Raja Nabakrishna Deb, Badan Chandra Roy, Haldarbari to name a few. Apart from these are are few ‘rajbari’ (palace) where still Durga Puja is organised like Jhargram Rajbari, Krishnanagar Rajbari, Nimta Rajbari, Burdwan Rajbari among others.

These families have their own tradition in bidding adieu to Maa Durga. Some fire canon as the immersion is done while another fly Neelkantha bird. As per the ritual, it is believed that in those days, the bird would fly to Kailash and inform Lord Shiva that immersion has taken place and Goddess Durga with children were on their way safe and sound. As time passed by, the Neelkantha bird became extinct and as a symbolic ritual, now the family fly a replica of the bird.

Alert! Somebody may be stalking

This is no fiction but personal experience, this evening. I am sharing a very serious issue. This concerns safety of women. There was this white Maruti van behind the shuttle trekker. There were four men including driver (Appeared to be delivery boy or mechanics. They were wearing black t-shirts which could be uniform).

I could clearly see them laughing, making filthy gestures and remarks among themselves by pointing to the girl co-passenger sitting at the end. Though the girl did not notice but these guys were deliberately slowing down at every traffic intersections. The issue is serious as (I hope and pray nothing happens) this girl may become a victim of stalking or may be these guys know her or reside in same area but whatever the entire thing is alarming.

Also I notice Kolkata which used to be helpful, passersby would have rushed on a sigle call has changed totally. Like other cities, people in Kolkata do not stop to extend a helping hand. So, I would suggest ladies, girls to be careful and stay alert, raise your eyes from the mobile screen and take a look around.

(just felt sharing, may be it sounds stupid still I shared with you all…)

It seems Trinamool Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has forgotten the days when she (then opposition leader) would come on the roads, hold rallies, call long-bandhs screaming President’s Rule in the state during the Left Front regime. She even cried about the then police atrocities and accused Police Minister and state Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya of instigating his police against her and her party members. Banerjee did not hesitate to hold the city hostage as regular bandh calls would paralyze normal life from business to education and even had its impact on running of trains, flights as people often would miss their trains, flights due to massive traffic chaos in the city and districts.

On Tuesday today, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had called for ‘Nabanna Abhijan’ (march towards Nabanna) against the alleged corruption charges hurled at numerous Trinamool leaders. Mamata Banerjee’s police carried out brutal attacks on the BJP workers who claimed to have taken out a “peaceful protest march”. The protesters were stopped at various points in the city and brutally beaten up. Trinamool goons did not spare the women workers also. Stones were pelted at BJP protesters, there were instances of arson that spread terror among the city dwellers who tried to return to their homes apprehending more disturbances as the day passes by. At many places protesters trains were stopped. Several BJP leaders, including Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari, Locket Chatterjee, Taapshi Mondol and Dibankar Gharami were detained. Senior BJP leader and former journalist Swapan Dasgupta was injured among others.

However, as expected, the police said, they did not obstruct the protesters at any point. There were few road blocks that would be lifted shortly. The police agreed to have closed the Second Howrah Bridge (Hoogly Bridge) and Howrah Bridge for some time and that too would be lifted once the traffic is cleared. There were no reply on how would the people going towards stations commute.

There were no reaction from the Supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is also the Police Minister. Trinamool spokespersons on different television channels are trying to project the brutality as instigation. However, all this is drifting the party away from the masses that once had the catchlines like “Bodla Noi Bodol Chai” (not revenge but change) and “Maa, Mati, Manush”. BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, said, “Its total lawlessness in the state and its clear from their frustration that Trinamool is loosing grounds. BJP will come in power, nobody can stop”. Incidentally, Adhikari had defeated the Supremo in the 2022 Assembly Polls in the state from Nandigram.

From Sharaddha to Narada and most recently, Trinamool leaders including heavy-weight Partha Chatterjee, Anubrata Mandol have been nabbed by the ED and CBI over money laundering cases. Chatterjee, was exposed how he had wasted tax-payer’s money to buy expensive gifts for his ‘numerous’ girlfriends.

In such a situation, its quite natural for the party to come on the defensive and fight with anybody who raise the question of honesty that Banerjee boasts off. Its very difficult for the party to eschew fact that people are drifting apart from Mamata Banerjee, and her Trinamool.