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Politics By Wrote

If there is one block that our politicians don't have, it's the one that usually plagues writers

Politics By Wrote
Politics By Wrote
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That's no big deal for Bhattacharya. Every evening, for many years now, the bhadralok apparatchik has been spending his evenings at Nandan, the city's most popular cultural complex, translating—who else?—but Mayakovsky. That's not all. Bhattacharya, throughout his tenure as home and information and cultural affairs minister of the state, found time to pen some 10 books. They include poems, plays and essays on such famous litterateurs as Manik Bandopadhyay and Jibananda Das. His first play, Dushshamoy (Hard Times) was even staged. A few months ago, he published Poka, a collection of two plays, one original, the other an adaptation of Franz Kafka's fable Metamorphosis. His writing even finds a few admirers. Says well-known Bengali novelist Buddhadeb Guha: "His analysis is impressive and it does not take long to figure out that when he goes into his theme, he goes very deep indeed."

This response perhaps characterises India's indulgence of its leaders' literary aspirations. But it's an indulgence that's threatening to get out of hand. Suddenly, more and more politicians seem to have been bitten by the writing bug—from prime ministers down.

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