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Kolkata Korner


Kolkata Korner

So what explains Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee treating a few media persons, along with his fellow comrades, to a poem he had composed way back in 1975 to mark the fall of Saigon?

Kolkata Korner

Kolkata Korner

24 August, 2007 Jaideep Mazumdar

Bengal transport minister Subhas Chakraborty said it long before others moved in: talk of withdrawing support to the UPA government at the centre, he said, was "idiotic" and nothing but a fatuous pronouncement by "so-called Left leaders who don't ha


Kolkata Korner

Remember McNamara? Remember those days when institutions like the World Bank and the IMF were worse than the 'F' word in Bengal, thanks to passions whipped up by our Marxists?

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10 August, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

So what do you think about agents and musclemen hired by banks and financial institutions who employ extra-legal and even blatantly illegal means to recover loans and credit card payments from defaulters?


03 August, 2007

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Jaideep Mazumdar

If a person like Barry O'Brien can demand the banning of a film, then why blame the radicals like the Sangh Parivar or the Left extremists for making similar demands time and again?


27 July, 2007

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Jaideep Mazumdar

I've promised to myself to avoid stores and shops owned and manned by Bengalis as far as possible. But I should clarify -- Bengalis outside Bengal are hard-working and have no hang-ups that bog down the Bengalis of Bengal.


20 July, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

Intrepid nosy Kolkatans suffer from an unhealthy and unnatural curiosity. It seems people of this city have made it their business to know what everyone else around them is doing. And that can be extremely irritating.


13 July, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

After reducing Presidency College to a mediocre institution, the communists have realised that the policies they've been pursuing so doggedly for so many years are all wrong and self-defeatist. Now, Presidency is all set to become an 'elitist' instit


06 July, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

Lies, damned lies, and statistics deptt: 'Traffic moves the fastest in Kolkata: 25 kmph here compared to Delhi's 20 kmph, Chennai's 18 kmph, Mumbai's 12 kmph and Bangalore's 10 kmph!'...


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29 June, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

No other city in the world, and no other community for that matter, hangs on to the coattails of history in such an unhealthy and self-defeating manner as Kolkata and its Bengalis....


22 June, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

The faster Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee wants to hurtle down the path to industrialization, the more ferocious the opposition to his plans. Take the latest row over acquiring land at Purushottampur near Asansol...


15 June, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

Do Bengalis love chaos, disorderliness and bedlam and are devoted to breaking laws and rules? In other words, do they have an anarchist streak in them?


08 June, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

A front page story on the meeting between Jyoti Basu and Mamata Banerjee was accompanied by a list of "historic handshakes" - that between Richard Nixon and Zhou Enlai, Nelson Mandela and F.W.De Klerk, Yasser Arafat and Yitzak Rabin...


01 June, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

Now 'dhakis' (traditional Bengali drummers) will roam around the Kolkata's thoroughfares and, on seeing somebody relieving himself or littering the streets, walk up to the offender, surround him and beat the drums to draw attention to the person's sh


25 May, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

Welcoming illegal migrants from across the border and using them as vote banks is costing Bengal very dear and the day isn't far away when the state will be wracked by terror strikes, as has been happening in many other parts of the country.


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18 May, 2007

Kolkata Korner

Jaideep Mazumdar

I asked a friend who was visiting Kolkata last week for his opinion on one unique feature about this city and its people. It's the friendliest city he's visited, he said. I chewed on that for a while and concluded he was bang on....


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