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Letter from Calcutta

The first thirty days of the United Front Government in West Bengal were packed with political thrill, notwithstanding a dash of horror towards the end. The thrilling finale of the story, however, is the incredibly short period of four hours in which a major conflagration with the dangerous potentiality of enveloping two States (whose location on international borders has an added significance in many quarters) was put down, apparently without any smouldering cinders beneath the ashes. It is indeed an unmistakable index of the political maturity of the people of both West Bengal and Punjab today that even the dynamite of religious-communalregional chauvinism has lost some of its traditional combustibility. But this wholesome demonstration, tragically, cost a dozen lives and considerable bloodshed, not to mention the destruction of property.

Coming back to Calcutta after four years abroad is an experience.I don't mean the obvious physical discomforts of daytoday Calcutta life that hits you in the face like gusts of summer heat as you come out of the airconditioned Park Street restaurant.