Today is a sacred day for me in not one but four ways.
First, today is Mahalaya. End of Pitru-paksha,start of Devi-Paksha.
Secondly,today is Vishwakarma Puja,the God of artisans and craftsmen. The day is significant in another way. It is the only Hindu festival which
(subject to rare exceptions) falls on the same day in the Gregorian calendar,that is on 17th September.
Thirdly it is the Janma-tithi puja of Swami Akhandanandaji,a direct disciple of Thakur Ramakrishna and the 3rd President of the Ramakrishna Math and Mission. But for us
Swayamsevaks of the RSS,Akhandanandaji is the Guru of our Guru,PP Guruji Golwalkar. Guruji,after resigning his position as Professor of Zoology in Varanasi Hindu University came and joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission as a Brahmachari and was posted under Akhandanandaji at
Sargachhi, near Berhampore,Distt Murshidabad in Undivided Bengal. There he worked for relief among people, mostly Muslims,when famine was raging. After Akhandanandaji left his worldly abode, Guruji joined the RSS and in three years was made the Sarsanghchalak. It is he who nursed
our RSS through its trials and tribulations and made it the greatest voluntary organisation in the world. It is he who concieved the idea of Vividh Sangathanas like the VHP,BJS,ABVP etc,where Swayamsevaks,with inspiration and ideals taken from the Sangh,can engage in activities
of their respective fields while the Sangh remains engaged in unifying Hindu society.
And last but not the least,it is the birthday of Narendra Damodardas Modi. He is not just our Prime Minister. By all evidence
he is the incarnation of Lord Krishna who has arrived in this world to save good men and kill rogues.(Shrimadbhagavadgita IV:7-8)

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16 Sep
Received on Whatsapp. A Hindu woman in Rauzan,Chittagong,Bangladesh,howling over her house,set on fire by Jamatis,still burning. Not at all an atypical scene.
What fate awaits the Hindus in West Bengal?
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I have taken competent legal advice and given a pointed reply to them. I also wish to assure twitter Legal that I am not the least bit unsettled. The reply
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আজ আমার অন্যতম প্রিয় বাংলা গদ্যলেখক সৈয়দ মুজতবা আলীর জন্মদিন (আমার অন্য প্রিয় গদ্যলেখক রাজশেখর বসু) | বাংলা সাহিত্যে বিশ্বকবি ছাড়া যদি কোনো বিশ্বনাগরিক থাকেন তবে তিনি বিশ্বকবির সাক্ষাৎ শিষ্য, শান্তিনিকেতনের প্রাক্তনী এই লেখক | জন্ম ব্রিটিশ ও
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পূর্ব পাকিস্তানে এবং বেশিরভাগ অবশ্যই ভারতে |
অসাধারণ পন্ডিত ও ভাষাবিদ, সম্ভবত তেরোটি ভাষা জানতেন -- বাংলা, ইংরেজি, সংস্কৃত, জার্মান, ফরাসি, উর্দু, হিন্দি, ফার্সী, আরবী, জাগতাই তুর্কী, রুশ, এবং আরো গোটাদুয়েক | এর মধ্যে প্রথম চারটিতে মাতৃভাষার মত পুরোপুরি
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Don’t try to educate the errand boy of Derek’s sweatshop. If he does not mouth these lies Derek will kick him out. The poor man has to eat,hasn’t he?
The history of Bengal betwn 1937-1947 is mostly a history of communal clashes and adjustments. To pretend otherwise is hypocrisy.
The first election in Bengal under Government of India Act 1935,held in 1937,resulted in a hung assembly with 3 parties: Congress,Muslim League and Fazlul Haq’s Krishak Praja Party. The last was of agriculturists and almost 100% Muslim,but NOT ESSENTIALLY A COMMUNAL MUSLIM PARTY
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from the village of Naxalbari,in West Bengal's Darjeeling District. There was a peasant uprising here in 1967. But some CPI(M) comrades,who are now known as Urban Naxals,tuned on to this and quickly usurped the movement. It was a rage those days. #MaoistAgainstConstitution
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21 Aug
I am leaving Shillong Raj Bhavan Sunday for Kolkata.
People ask me,would I be missing something?
Beautiful Shillong,my second home town,where I spent part of my childhood and where my brother Saugata(MP)was born?
Or Agartala,where I spent 3+ years as Governor?
The luxuries of Raj Bhavan?
And what,if anything I am looking forward to?
My truthful answers
No,I won’t be missing Shillong much. It is very far from the Shillong of my childhood.
The Assam-type houses are gone. The once-clear Um Khrah River is an open sewer. And ethnic tension
has raised its ugly head. The once-thriving Bengali community are now an enfeebled,beleaguered one.
Agartala,on the other hand was a very culturally alive city.
And it was a pleasure to hear everyone speak Bengali in the Comilla-Brahmanbaria accent,the speech of my ancestors
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"সন্ধ্যা হইয়াছে | ঠাকুর শ্রীরামকৃষ্ণ....আবার রামনাম করিতেছেন-'রাম, রাম,রাম,রাম ! রাম,রাম,রাম,রাম, রাম!
ঠাকুর এইবার প্রার্থনা করিতেছেন-'ও রাম! ও রাম! আমি ভজনহীন, সাধনহীন, জ্ঞানহীন, ভক্তিহীন-আমি ক্রিয়াহীন ! রাম শরণাগত ! ও রাম শরণাগত ! দেহসুখ চাইনে রাম ! লোকমান্য
চাইনে রাম ! অষ্টসিদ্ধি চাইনে রাম ! শতসিদ্ধি চাইনে রাম ! শরণাগত, শরণাগত ! কেবল এই করো -যেন তোমার শ্রীপাদপদ্মে শুদ্ধাভক্তি হয় রাম ! আর যেন তোমার ভুবনমোহিনী মায়ায় মুগ্ধ হই না রাম ! ও রাম শরণাগত !
ঠাকুর প্রার্থনা করিতেছেন, সকলে একদৃষ্টে তাঁহার দিকে চাহিয়া রহিয়াছেন | তাঁহার
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