There is no denying the fact that Mamata Banerjee, in her war against two monsters---the communal power and corruption, has already emerged out as an indomitable force in the country. And as a communist, I witness the genesis of a true communist in her insatiable appetite to go with the common man from below.
The poems of Pablo Neruda I grew up with, the songs of Salil Chaudhuri which shaped my sensibilities, the paintings of Picasso which melted my boundaries, the plays of Bertolt Brecht which taught me to protest are still there as a still centre to nurture the skin of my sub-conscious being, but I left the hands of the Left.
I was recently in Delhi to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award, when I got a call from the Education Minister, eminent playwright and my family friend Bratya Basu to support the theater personality Arpita Ghosh fighting from Balurghat constituency. I arrived at my conviction that I should support Arpita who will, I am sure, win the hearts of the people of Balurghat.
I reconfirm my support for Mamata Banerjee and I feel I am reborn from my own ashes like Phoenix, a bird as found cyclically regenerated in Greek Mythology.
Subodh Sarkar is a Bengali poet, writer and editor, was born in Krishnanagar in Nadia District of West Bengal, India.
He is a reader in English literature at City College, Kolkata. His first book of poems was published in the late 1970s, and now he has 26 books to his credit – 20 of poems, two of translations and one travelogue on America. His poems have been translated into English, French and several Indian languages and published in several journals and anthologies. Sarkar is the editor of Bhashanagar, a Bangla culture magazine with occasional English issues. In 2010 he was appointed as the guest editor of Indian Literature, the flagship journal of Sahitya Akademi.
Subodh Sarkar received the Shakti Chattopadhyay Binodan Vichitra Puroskar in 1997 and Bangla Akademi Anita-Sunil Basu Puroskar from Pashchimbanga Bangla Akademy in 2000. He was honoured with the Sahitya Akademi award in 2013.
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