You don’t miss out on celebrating Tagore in Bengal , even if you are a policemen on duty amid Corona-triggered lockdown .
Rabindranath Tagore’s 159th birth anniversary was celebrated by Bengal police as per the instruction of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who also holds the home portfolio.
The initiative is viewed as the extension of ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC)’s recent push for Bengali nationalism to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Hindu nationalism.
The ongoing Covid-19 lockdown has this year dampened the bard’s birth anniversary celebration, which is a major annual public event in the state.
To fill the gap, the additional director general of police (law and order) directed the superintendents of police and police commissioners to pay tribute to the poet by organising a programme titled “kabi pronam (salutation to the poet).”
Accordingly police teams brought out small tableaus with cut-out of Tagore and played Tagore’s selected songs.
On the occasion the police also played songs written by chief minister to create awareness on Covid-19.
The West Bengal police claimed the initiative has been taken to boost the spirits of the people amid the lockdown.
But, political observers see a bigger political plan behind the move. They pointed out that the TMC leaders at a press conference on Thursday (May 7), accused the BJP of trying to malign “Bengal and Bengalis” with its “malicious and baseless” allegations on the state government’s handling of the Covid-19 situation.
Earlier, also during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections the TMC harped on the Bengali nationalism to counter the BJP.