“It is the people’s choice to utter ‘Jai Shri Ram’, and at times slogans do become phrases of protest. Had those very people uttered ‘Allah Hu Akbar’, would Didi (sister) have chased them or would she have attended their Iftar addressing them fondly? The entire thing is a part of her appeasement politics,” Supriyo told reporters.
The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change said the intention behind the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief’s behaviour was to send a message to the state’s minority communities.
“With her reactions, she is only trying to convey to the minorities that she can go to any extent for them,” he said.
When was the last time you heard the word postcard? Or saw one? Think hard. Can you recall when was the last time postcards became part of public, and more importantly political, discourse in India? Okay. Let’s forget this. Do you recall sending a postcard to someone or receiving one?
Postcards, like inland letters, are among those postal articles that have faded from public memory. You may find one if you pop into a post office. But in the age of email, WhatsApp, SMS and Facebook who pops into a post office?
But last week was different.
It was about postcards and a concoction of politics and one-upmanship. Not one, two, 10 or a hundred. But lakhs–10 lakh postcards said one side, 20 lakh said the other.
The news was from West Bengal–the fiercely political state with sharp ideological lines drawn across its social fabric
he inclusion of “Jai Maha Kali” in its list of slogans for the state comes at a time when the TMC has accused the BJP of being a party of outsiders that does not understand the culture of Bengal.
West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had recently changed her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook to “Jai Hind, Jai Bangla” amid a war of words with the BJP, which she has accused of creating unrest in the state by “mixing religion with politics”.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Banerjee claimed that attempts were being made to propagate the ideology of hatred, which should be opposed.