ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Calcutta Diary

October 26, 1974 Calcutta Diary A M ONCE more, one reels under the onslaught of the festive season, The season has by now been captured, almost in entirety, by the urban classes: gods and goddesses are rapidly shed- ing their rural roots. The poor over there do not have the wherewithal to worship divinity, and the rich do not still feel secure enough to turn the invocation of the Durga into an exercise in lavish exhibitionism. Gods and goddesses nevertheless have to survive; they have to, for the sake of the para- sites who make a living out of the business of community worship, which is an urban culture. The commercialisation of the Bengali pantheon therefore proceeds apace; commercialisation and urbanisation go hand in hand.

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