Monday November 19, 2018

Goods of daily use to promote Indian languages

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By Arnab Mitra & Arka Mondal

Kolkata: T-shirts, jeans and other apparels with catchy English taglines and words have flooded the market and are endangering our Indian languages and our culture. At such a juncture, using Indian dress forms and other commodities as a tool to uphold Indian languages is highly appreciated.  The endeavor is aimed at reviving Indian languages that are getting corroded owing to a certain generation of people who are readily aping western cultures.

If a person finds Bengali writings on commodities that are used frequently then there is a great scope that the person gets reminded of his roots. Harping on the idea, Kolkata-based artist Saumi Nandi made good use of cups, mugs, saris, shirts and painted them with Bengali scripts.

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An exhibition of the goods made by Saumi Nandi is being held at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.

Recalling that Indians are getting detached from their roots, Saumi Nandi said, “a race cannot move forward forgetting its roots. Despite achieving Independence in 1947, a section of an elite Anglo-Indian faction kept propagating the western culture.” She further said, “this group made a system where the Indians will get alienated from their own culture and be subservient to the Western culture.”

Saumi Nandi further said that if the commodities with writings in Indian language are popularized in the country then it will provide a huge boost to the initiative of spreading the importance and richness of our culture.

Nandi mentioned that though NRIs are trying relentlessly to revive Indian culture and there is a dearth in funding for such initiatives. However, it is a particular section of the Indian population that is forgetting its roots and favoring westernized culture.

Notably, people from all walks of life visited the exhibition. The overwhelming response also included students  and it is indeed a good sight that such initiatives are catching the fancies of the youths.

The week-long exhibition by Saumi Nandy at Academy of Fine Arts will end on 27th of November.

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Fall

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the fortnight have declined

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls
Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls, flickr

Domestic petrol prices, which had hit record levels for 16 consecutive days in May, have been on the reverse trend for the last 13 days, including Monday, but the relief for consumers has been slow in coming.

The pace of decline has been less than half the rate of surge.

Percentage-wise, since May 30, when prices started to take a downturn, petrol prices have slipped 2.35 per cent in Delhi, compared to the 5.5 per cent in the previous 16 days.

In absolute terms, prices have gone down by Rs 1.85 a litre since May 30, compared to the increase of Rs 3.8 per litre in the during May 14-29. On Monday, fuel was sold at Rs 76.58 per litre in the national capital, down 20 paise from Sunday’s level, the IndianOil Corp’s website showed.

In Mumbai, where petrol prices were the highest in the country last month, the decline has been much slow at Rs 1.23 per litre so far, against the rise of Rs 3.76 a litre during May 14-29.

On Monday, petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 84.41 per litre against Rs 84.61 on Sunday. Similarly, in Kolkata and Chennai, the fuel was sold at Rs 79.25 and Rs 79.48 respectively.

In Kolkata and Chennai too, the decline has been Rs 1.81 and Rs 1.65 per litre in the last 13 days, around 50 per cent of the previous rate of increase.

In tandem with petrol prices, diesel too has seen a decline, but of only around 2 per cent in all the major cities including Delhi, compared to over 5 per cent rise in the previous fortnight.

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Petrol station, flickr

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the last 13 days have declined by Rs 1.36, and in Mumbai and Kolkata, the fall was of Rs 1.44 and Rs 1.45 per litre respectively.

Also read: Petrol price slashes by 32 paise and diesel price by 85 paise

On Monday, prices of the fuel in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were at Rs 67.95, Rs 70.50, Rs 72.35 and Rs 71.73 per litre, respectively. (IANS)