Point Counterpoint: Tagore Vs Begum Didi

NewsDesk    06-May-2021
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At a time when the country is witnessing a surge in religious intolerance, anq instance from the annals of history serves as a timely reminder of religious harmony. Bengal saw its peak of nationalist movement at the dawn of 19th century, which eventually emerged as a formidable threat to the British Raj. To curb this nationalist movement, the Britishers decided to divide Bengal, a move vehemently opposed by various leaders of the time, including Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore deftly used the concept of brotherhood, togetherness and ‘the thread of protection’ as a medium to protest against British’s partition policy by showing a picture of unity among the two communities. Following Tagore’s call, hundreds of Hindus in Kolkata, came out in large numbers to tie Rakhi threads as a symbol of unity. He transformed the religious tradition of Raksha Bandhan to a secular motif of unity among diversity and resisted Banga Bhanga (Partition of Bengal).
But during the West Bengal election, 'Begum' Mamata won with the help of lakhs of votes from Illegal Bangladeshis and Rohingyas. She has been opposing NRC all these years,besides allowing jihadis to attack, murder and rape Hindus and these people are leaving their homes and hiding in secure places. These houses will be taken over by these Bangladeshis and whole border districts will become like parts of Bangladesh. Now a days, it is very clear that Bengal has become a hotspot for Hindu rape and murder ever since the results of the West Bengal election polls were declared. Here, Mullahs predict the future of Hindus!
Taking on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the post-poll political violence in West Bengal, BJP leader from Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said she had the blood of innocents on her hand. Sarma tweeted, “Once the land of Rabindranath Tagore where he taught his fellow countrymen about the spirit of peace and brotherhood, the destiny of Bengal has taken such a painful turn. In the post poll violence perpetrated by the TMC cadres, more than 20 BJP and RSS workers have lost their lives. Many properties were vandalised and torched."
Srimanta Sankardev says “Kukur srigala , garbharo atmaram , Janiya sabako kariba pranam.”Amid the post-election violence in the state of West Bengal, over 450 people including children have fled their homes and reached Assam. They were provided with shelters and relief in Dhubri district.They are also being tested for the novel coronavirus.
Tragic exodus of people from Bengal continues! At these moments, the Assam Government has followed the liberal ideology of Srimanta Sankardev with uniformity in society.