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Begum Roquia: the first Indian woman sci-fi writer

Sultana’s Dream a science-fiction was first published in 1905 making it probably the first Indian sci-fi work. It is a short story written by Roquia Sakhawat Hussain. Begum Roquia was born in 1880 at Rangpur which is now in Bangladesh. … Continue reading

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Baul sangeet

A single string of “ektara” and powerful words Baul singers for hundreds of years have spread the message of love and spirituality in Bengal. A Baul singer, photo by Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak

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Poor Health Infrastructure In West Bengal; Muslims Worst Affected

In West Bengal around 5-25,000 people reside in each gram panchayat. In a gram panchayat area with an average population of 15000 people, at least 30 nurses, doctors, health assistants along with 30 beds are required which is not fulfilled in most cases.

The health sector being in such poor condition in rural West Bengal, has severely affected the Muslim Minority community in particular as 83% of Muslims reside in rural Bengal.
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Reservation For Muslims In West Bengal – Gimmick or Affirmative Action

According to the Constitution, any form of discrimination based on religion, caste, race, and gender is punishable by law. Yet no observer can deny that caste is a ubiquitous aspect of Indian social life. Caste is something that the state does not recognize and approve of, but its presence is undeniable. Sachar Committee and Ranganath Misra Commission both agree that the Muslims in the country has been neglected like anything and in many cases their position is lower than SC/ST. Both these committees have arrived at a conclusion that unless political power is gained things will go from bad to worse. Continue reading

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Fate Of Bahadur Shah Zafar’s Descendants

The story of middle-aged Sultana Begum brings tears to one’s eyes. She runs a tea-stall in Howrah to earn a living for her family. Twenty-five years ago her husband Mirza Bedar Bakht, the great grandson of last Mughal Emperor Bahadur … Continue reading

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