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Calcutta Diary

The press and the electronic media in Calcutta are currently engaged to persuade the middle class to cross over to accepting as gospel truth fabrications cut out of the wholecloth. The centre of attention, as can well be imagined, is the union railway minister. Let us concentrate on a couple of instances where she has displayed her remarkable quality of pyrotechnics in the very recent period.

Is it apocrypha, or did Nirad C Chaudhuri actually offer this comment some time in the 1950s: the quintessential dream of the Bengali middle class is to celebrate the return to the country of Subhas Chandra Bose and as general secretary of the Communist Party of India? Whatever it be, the past half-a-century has witnessed a tremendous transformation in taste and inclinations; reveries have had their day. Instead, the press and the electronic media in Calcutta are currently engaged to persuade the middle class to cross over to accepting as gospel truth fabrications cut out of the wholecloth. It is a fascinating, but frightening, exercise; the squeamish crowd should better opt out from the scene. Each epoch, after all, has its own passions and foibles. The flavour of the proceedings in West Bengal has elicited appreciation from those in power in New Delhi, and is not that what matters most?

The centre of attention, as can well be imagined, is the union railway minister. The world, she assumes, revolves round her. She has solid reasons for postulating this assumption. The media take it as axiomatic that she can do no wrong. The outrageousness of her conduct and activities has therefore progressed day by day. In case you are bold enough to profess non-involvement, you are, nonetheless entitled to gather some comic relief from her performances.

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