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

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Calcutta Diary

AM It is August 1991, fifty years since Rabindranath Tagore died and Viswabharati's copyright over his works is to lapse at the end of the calendar year. Anyone, just anyone will now be able to print Tagore and make a commercial proposition out of it. What a calamity to befall Bengali culture: Rabindranath Tagore is to be de-linked from Viswabharati, the Vatican and the Pope will cease to be inseparable categories. But, on such a first rate banal issue, there is some dissonance CALCUTTA and West Bengal are having a generally lean time. Thanks to the Cauvery waters, the centre of graviiy of Ihe dialectics of cenfre-statcs relations has shifted away to Bangalore and Madras. Nor does the line of revolutionary insurgency touch' West Bengal any more; half-a-dozen chief ministers were present at the meeting recently convened by the union home minister to discuss the problem of the "Naxalite' menace, the chief minister of West Bengal was not amongst them. And in regard to plotters who are contemplating, or suspected to be contemplating, to stage a walk-out from the union, the list currently includes only Punjab, Kashmir and Assam. West Bengal has turned respectable.

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