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Mamata remembers Nandigram land movement victims on its 10th anniversary

A total of 14 people were killed in Nandigram in East Midnapore district in West Bengal on March 14, 2007, in a police firing following a farmers protest

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Kolkata, March 14, 2017: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remembered those who died in the Nandigram land movement on its 10th anniversary on Tuesday and said the state government was committed to protect the farmers.

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“To mark the occasion we will honour farmers with Krishak Ratna Samman at a function at Nazrul Mancha”, she said.

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A total of 14 people were killed in Nandigram in East Midnapore district on March 14, 2007, in police firing following a farmers protest triggered by the acquisition of land for a chemical hub by the then Left Front (LF) government.

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The incident, coupled with the farmers’ movement in Hooghly district’s Singur over the LF regime’s land acquisition for a Tata Motors Nano plant, played a major role in bringing about the downfall of the 34-year-old communist government and catapulting Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress to power in 2011. (IANS)

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    Who fabricated rape story of Nandigram? WHAT
    HAPPENED TO RAPE CASE OF NANDIGRAM? On Jan 14, 2014, Nandigram got a
    130-foot-tall column, or Minar. Built on initiative of Trinamool MP, it is a
    memorial to 14 villagers killed in police firing as well as to women raped
    during that movement. And one rape victim inaugurated it. Tears welled up in
    the eyes of the 52-year-old woman, who had allegedly been gangraped twice. On
    March 14, 2007, she was attacked twice by CPM goons. Her house was burnt. BUT
    SHE HAS NOT GOT JUSTICE EVEN AFTER Trinamool got POWER. This rape victim
    symbolized the fight against land grabbing as per Suvendu Adhikari, MP. He told
    this to Media. It is only second to Kolkata Shahid Minar (168 ft). Nandigram Minar
    is built at Rs 2.25 crore. Adhikari says what inspired him is the Minar at
    Jalianwala Bagh and the Bhasha Shaeed Minar in Dhaka. He contributed Rs 30 lakh
    from MP allowances. TOWER MAKING IS FINE. BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RAPE CASE? CAN
    RAPE VICTIM BECOME A VIP? IS RAPIST A VIP? TMC IS IN POWER. Who is preventing
    to investigate and punish the rapists? IS THIS ANOTHER CHAMPALA SARDAR CASE? No
    RAPE CASE by police? Only celebration? RAPE
    IS NOT FOR CELEBRATION. Where is the CASE? ALEEK KUNATYA RONGE; MOJE LOK RAREH BONGE;
    NIROKHIA PULOKE HRIDOY;

  • asit guin

    Who fabricated rape story of Nandigram? WHAT
    HAPPENED TO RAPE CASE OF NANDIGRAM? On Jan 14, 2014, Nandigram got a
    130-foot-tall column, or Minar. Built on initiative of Trinamool MP, it is a
    memorial to 14 villagers killed in police firing as well as to women raped
    during that movement. And one rape victim inaugurated it. Tears welled up in
    the eyes of the 52-year-old woman, who had allegedly been gangraped twice. On
    March 14, 2007, she was attacked twice by CPM goons. Her house was burnt. BUT
    SHE HAS NOT GOT JUSTICE EVEN AFTER Trinamool got POWER. This rape victim
    symbolized the fight against land grabbing as per Suvendu Adhikari, MP. He told
    this to Media. It is only second to Kolkata Shahid Minar (168 ft). Nandigram Minar
    is built at Rs 2.25 crore. Adhikari says what inspired him is the Minar at
    Jalianwala Bagh and the Bhasha Shaeed Minar in Dhaka. He contributed Rs 30 lakh
    from MP allowances. TOWER MAKING IS FINE. BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RAPE CASE? CAN
    RAPE VICTIM BECOME A VIP? IS RAPIST A VIP? TMC IS IN POWER. Who is preventing
    to investigate and punish the rapists? IS THIS ANOTHER CHAMPALA SARDAR CASE? No
    RAPE CASE by police? Only celebration? RAPE
    IS NOT FOR CELEBRATION. Where is the CASE? ALEEK KUNATYA RONGE; MOJE LOK RAREH BONGE;
    NIROKHIA PULOKE HRIDOY;

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

Mahalaya
An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Mahalaya
Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC