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Kishore Bhimani passes away: Bengal should introspect, native Marwadis, Biharis are as Bengali because it will get – India News , Firstpost

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself has been pushing the Bengal-for-the-Bengali-speaking agenda to cease the outstanding rise of the BJP within the state.

Kishore Bhimani passes away: Bengal must introspect, local Marwadis, Biharis are as Bengali as it gets

Kishore Bhimani. Image courtesy News18

Kishore Bhimani, one among Kolkata and Bengal’s most illustrious sons, handed away on Thursday at 81.

While the household is initially from Mandvi in Gujarat’s Kutch, the place a clock tower nonetheless stands proudly in his grandfather’s identify, Kishore’s father Manu Bhai got here to Kolkata earlier than Independence. Manu Bhai used to assist freedom fighters with cash. He additionally supported Forward Bloc, led by Subhash Chandra Bose, in the course of the nationalist motion.

Kishore was born and raised in Kolkata. He graduated from St Xaviers’ College and went to check on the London School of Economics.

He then joined The Statesman, labored as a beat reporter for about two years, after which switched to sports activities reporting. This shift finally formed his future as one among India’s most interesting sports activities writers and commentators.

And as a distinguished Kolkatan and Bengali.

In the present political local weather within the state, this can inevitably invite a query: “Was Kishore Bhimani a Bengali?”

Yes, he was.

He liked his metropolis and the state. He spoke the language like his personal, introduced delight to its individuals, paid taxes there, voted, lived, laughed, breathed in the identical odor of earth.

His passing away is an event for Bengal to introspect about a long time of othering meted out to so-called ‘non-Bengalis’. Disparagingly addressing resident Marwadis as ‘mero’, Biharis as ‘khotta’, all Nepalis as ‘bahadur’ present how the river of cultural brilliance misplaced its manner within the sand of shallow chauvinism.

Four a long time of communist rule additionally contributed to this exclusionary delight and animosity. Not solely did Bengalis lose their vibrant entrepreneurship of Dwarakanath Tagore to Amar Bose within the Bolshevik blight, however additionally they began resenting Marwadis and Gujaratis for creating and respecting wealth.

Even a towering mental and filmmaker like Satyajit Ray fell for stereotyping Marwadis as crassly money-minded merchants in Nayak or Paras Pathar or the evil smuggler and treasure-grabber Maganlal Meghraj in Feluda.

This xenophobic pressure has mutated underneath Mamata Banerjee. TMC cheerleaders like Garga Chatterjee began petty outfits like Bangla Pokkho (on Bengali’s facet), which bullied individuals whose mom tongue is just not Bengali. Garga and others even tried to fire up a Chalo Paltai (let’s change) motion to push for Bengali language supremacy in Assam. His feedback on Ahoms finally backfired so badly that he was booked, and needed to subject a grovelling video apology on social media.

The chief minister herself has been pushing the Bengal-for-the-Bengali-speaking agenda to cease the outstanding rise of the BJP within the state. It has not obtained a lot traction because the BJP, which was up to now often known as ‘the party of non-Bengalis’, has made deep inroads into the Bengali family.

But politics aside, it’s tragic and unjust to disown an enormous part (round 15 p.c of Bengal’s 13 million inhabitants) of extraordinarily gifted individuals dwelling in and contributing to Bengal simply because their mom tongue or origin occurs to lie some other place. Along with Kishore Bhimani, Bengalis shall be disowning the Birlas, Goenkas, Khaitans, Agarwals and Dhakukas who had made Kolkata a formidable financial engine.

From these billionaire households to the rickshaw pullers and taxi drivers and one million others in between are as Bengali as anybody else.

It is uncommon that an awfully wealthy mental tradition co-exists with among the world’s most interesting enterprise minds. Bengal is extraordinarily fortunate; Lakshmi and Saraswati don’t at all times co-exist. The two streams of Bengalis coming collectively can unleash the state’s sleeping large once more.

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