The social revolution

 

The social revolution
Subhayan Dutta letters@hindustantimes.com
Hindustan Times (Kolkata)
Mar 14 2016

Step aside, Marx. The social revolution is here. Young Left candidates contesting assembly elections are leaving no stones unturned to reach the masses. They are not limiting their campaigning only to the age-old door-to-door way but are also reaching

out through social networking applications such as Facebook and WhatsApp.

According to Rajib Majumder, 41, the Left’s young candidate from Maniktala, who has over 3, 500 followers on his Facebook profile, social media is extensively being used by all the sections of society and the Left doesn’t want to left out. They believe the front can reach very deep through this medium.

“It is a constant medium of communication. And one can reach them through powerful pictures and videos instantly. We are soon opening a page named Maniktala Bidhannagar Sabha Committee, where the current dire condition of the area will be posted and suggestions will be sought on how to better it. We also have seven to eight WhatsApp groups at different levels, where I mostly connect with the youth,” said Majumder, who was also the secretariat member of the DYFI central executive committee.

Majumder went on a door-todoor campaign on Sunday afternoon from Kankurgachi with hundreds turning to support the young leader. From middle-aged aunties to the people working at tea stalls to small kids having a fuchka treat at the corner of the lane, all waved back at Majumder, who promised to bring employment and women’s safety back in Bengal.

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Differently-abled to stage skit on Delhi gang rape

 

Differently-abled to stage skit on Delhi gang rape
Subhayan Dutta letters@hindustantimes.com
Hindustan Times (Kolkata)
Mar 7 2016


A city-based theatre group working with differently-abled people will stage a skit based on the New Delhi gang rape incident of 2012. Three differently-abled actors will take the stage among other performers on March 8 at the University Institute Hall in College Square. The Delhi gang rape incident, that shook the nation, has been the subject of many short films, theatre performances, documentaries and films in the recent years. It will be performed for the first time in the city, said Esha Kar, founder of the theatre group, ‘Kothakolom’. Continue reading

City looks up to Union finance minister

 

City looks up to Union finance minister
Subhayan Dutta letters@hindustantimes.com
Hindustan Times (Kolkata)
Feb 29 2016

With the Union Budget scheduled to be announced on Monday, the primary areas that need to be addressed include agriculture, children’s education and reallocating allowances. HT spoke to few people, who discussed about their expectations from Union the finance minster. Continue reading

Act smart, don’t let your smartphone be a pain in the neck!

 

Act smart, don’t let your smartphone be a pain in the neck!
Subhayan Dutta ■ letters@hindustantimes.com
Hindustan Times (Kolkata)
Feb 17 2016

Doctors have voiced concerns over the increasing use of smartphones, especially among the city’s youth, which causes users to crawl into bed and talk over phone for hours in ungainly postures or position their necks in an unhealthy manner for long hours. The trend, say doctors, is causing more and more users to be sucked into an epidemic called text neck syndrome.

“Of late, there has been an upsurge in the number of people with text neck syndrome. In the long term, text-neck can lead to spinal arthritis and disc prolapse, which may require surgical intervention,” said Sujoy Sanyal, senior consultant, minimal access spine and brain surgeon at RN Tagore Hospital.

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NGO’S V-DAY BATTLE CRY: SAVE THE VICTIMISED MEN

 

NGO’S V-DAY BATTLE CRY: SAVE THE VICTIMISED MEN
Subhayan Dutta ■ letters@hindustantimes.com
Hindustan Times (Kolkata)
Feb 14 2016

KOLKATA: On Valentines’ Day, when youths of the city will be busy expressing their feelings to their partners, an NGO will organise a countrywide awareness campaign, ‘#Valentine Rapes Men’, informing people how more and more men are falling into the trap of false cases after a failed relationship.

According to stats released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 86 per cent (37,413) of the rape cases filed in 2014, the accused were known to the victim. Out of the 17,649 rape trials completed, only 4,944 were convicted and 12,705 were acquitted or discharged.

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Where differently-abled children take centrestage

 

Where differently-abled children take centrestage
Subhayan Dutta letters@hindustantimes.com
Hindustan Times (Kolkata)
Feb 10 2016

KOLKATA: Esha Kar, a resident of Kasba in her thirties, runs a theatre group that tries to harness the talent of differently abled children, who suffer from diseases like autism, mental retardation, down syndrome (a genetic disorder) and rod-cone dystrophy (an eye ailment).Her theatre group, ‘Kothakolom’, which formed three years back, has included differently abled children only one year ago.

Differently abled children show their acting skills.Kar thinks that these children, who are rejected by schools as they have difficulty in studying and adapting to the ambience, can be guided to act and she has been successful to a certain extent.

She said, “The key to success is patience. I cannot instruct them how to perform and make them do it. I have to understand heir problems before instructing them. But nonetheless, they are much more obedient unlike many normal children, focused and don’t give up before finishing their task. We have currently eight to nine such children doing wonders with us.”

‘Kothakalam’ performed Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Daakghar’ at Sishir Mancha in an event recently, which had three differently abled children along with normal children. They are Souvik (12), Sunreet (19) and Atalanto (13).

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Bullet Raja goes on pan-India ride

 

Bullet Raja goes on pan-India ride
Subhayan Dutta ■ letters@hindustantimes.com
Hindustan Times (Kolkata)
Feb 4 2016

KOLKATA: Four pairs of clothes, one laptop, one Kindle, one camera and some bike spare parts – that is what Dhruv Dholakia is carrying during his 14-month all-India journey on his Royal Enfield Classic 500 Desert Storm.

Dhruv Dholakia’s journey on his Royal Enfield Classic 500 Desert Storm will end after 14 months.His Facebook page ‘On a Bullet Yatra’ has already got him around 37,000 followers till now.

During his visit to Kolkata, where he has the maximum number of followers (5,000), Dholakia shares with HT his journey and reveals the reason for undertaking it.

“People of Kolkata just love reading and Bengalis are known for their knack of traveling. It’s no surprise about the number of followers I have from here,” said Dholakia.

It was in the summer of 2014 in March, when 34-yearold Dholakia left his lucrative bank job in Mumbai and decided to prepare for the journey. His preparations led him to explore travel books, take up writing courses, practice yoga and even learn how to ride a bike. His preparations went on till September 28, 2015.

The man, who has travelled 10,200 kilometres on his Bullet covering 10 states till now, did not know how to ride a bike until two years back. But for a man, who lives his life more on spontaneity than planning, there can never be a better beast, says Dholakia.

“I am not a biker who keeps tab of every new model coming out. I got to know that Bullet is ideal for a tour. In extreme conditions like Himalayas, even Harley-Davidson can fail but a Bullet will never let you down.”

Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chattisgarh, Orissa and West Bengal are the states Dholakia has dropped by till now.

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