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A city on renal failure

Jan 15, 2011   //   by Pabitra // Climate Change , Environment // 2 Comments

Calcutta, now known as Kolkata, has a history of nearly 350 years and a strong colonial past. Job Charnock, the British administrator of East India Company who is traditionally regarded as the city’s founder dates as far back as 1690. Starting from a humble beginning of three connected villages off river Hooghly, a swampy, marshy and malaria-ridden British trade post in Bengal, it rose to prominence of a city fashioned by the British much after London and then a metropolis, 13th most populous in the world with a queer mix of seemingly opposites – poor and rich, shanties and mansions, old and new. This also happens to be the place where I lived my entire life, which is hardly historical. Read more >>

Metro Rail – Kolkata’s suicide corridor

Jan 15, 2011   //   by Pabitra // Local Issues // 2 Comments

This is an old post dated January 16 2010. The issue is still contemporary.

Rekha Haldar’s address is Ishwarinagar Road, Kona Colony, Halisahar but she works as a caregiver to an old man in Ganesh Chandra Avenue, Kolkata for last 18 years. Presently she is in the twilight zone in a free bed in Calcutta Medical College. She is the last and this year’s 2nd suicide victim in Kolkata’s under ground Metro Railways. On 9 January this year, a 33 year old woman named Tanusree Datta jumped on the track and did not need any hospital care. Read more >>


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