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

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Calcutta Diary

A M CALL it elongated adolescence, call it by viler names, pedants are still at it, composing involved essays, replete with precious footnotes, on the Bengali renaissance of the nineteeth century. Once you detach yourself from the locale, it does not take much time to decipher the essence of want it was all about. The hullabaloo over the phenomenon is vintage Bengali balderdash. The East India Company was headquartered on the banks of the Hooghly, certain consequences flowed therefrom; period. The Permanent Settlement helped, producing a large crop of docile KCSI, ClEs in last century's second half. In addition, there was the juxtaposition of the Asiatic Society of Bengal with the Indian Association. True, the Tagores too emerged out of this melee. But, then, yqu have to make allowance for a few sui generises in history. Otherwise history can become an insufferable bore. The Dutts of Hatkhola-Rambagan, in the vicinity of the northern ramparts of Calcutta, could, if you will, be termed the products of that renaissance. Appellations and epithets neither make nor mar objective reality. Suffice it to say, exposure to the West did things to the Dutts of Hatkhola-Rambagan, as it did to the Boses, the Choses and the Mitters in the neighbourhood

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