Sundeep Bhutoria

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ess bee

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Back to my office in Kolkata

Tomorrow November 1st is my mother's (Late Dr Prabha Khaitan) birthday. Every year we organize an event to observe the day in her memory.
The program on Sita: Revisiting Mythology was cancelled because of last minute changes in Malashri Lal and Namita Gokhale's schedule who had to leave for a conference in Poland. Though Madhureeta Anand and Amita Sahaya visited Kolkata, my hectic schedule did not permit me to meet them. However, they were very satisfied with the arrangements made by Prabha Khaitan Foundation.
In Delhi, the Prabha Khaitan Foundation supported a four-day conference in New Delhi from October 31 to November 4, 2011, on Asian Encounters: Networks of Cultural Interaction. This international conference was organized by the India International Centre, Department of History, University of Delhi, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and the Archaeological Survey of India. The program was supported by Indian Council of Historical Research and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
The Conference will include a dialogue that will explore the various aspects and levels of cultural exchange across Asia within their historical context, especially those pertaining to religious studies, literacy, aesthetics, archaeology, literature etc.
There will be an exchange of ideas, knowledge system, resources, skills and materials among the people of Asian continent. The conference will be attended by renowned academicians, authors, politicians and literary figures from all over Asia.
I was scheduled to leave for Delhi today. To be honest, I do not feel like working or doing anything, that's the frame of mind at present. I cancelled today’s trip to Delhi. I'll see if I can make it tomorrow for I got a call from Kapila Vatsyayan's office, who is the Chairman of India International CentreAsia Projects. Also, my going being in Delhi important as WFUNA 202nd Executive Committee Meeting is scheduled at the Claridges Hotel, New Delhi, from November 3 to November 4, 2011.
ess bee

Sunday, October 30, 2011

What's in a name? A lot!

I visited the Québec province of Canada recently. Québec, which is three times the size of France and shares borders with the United States on the south east, is perhaps the only Francophone region in the North American continent.
The predominantly French-speaking population has French as the only official language at the provincial level. The resource-rich region's seasons are as distinct as its culture and language - mild spring, hot summer, colourful chilly autumn and a freezing white winter all wrapped in snow.
Another unique feature about Québec it that is one of the few regions of the world where women, by law, can keep their maiden name after marriage. I wonder why the so-called “progressive” countries which advocate gender equality or equal rights for women are actually laggards when it comes to implementing a law that would women to retain (or not change) their maiden surname after marriage.
The logic is simple. Why change your surname which is given to you by birth just for the sake of marriage? Why an important institution like marriage should be so biased against one gender? Why not let women have the liberty to die with the surname she was given at birth?
The story of equal rights in our society should begin with basic issues of mutual respect. I feel changing somebody’s surname because of marriage amounts to disrespecting that person. How would the males feel if their surname is changed! I know the very thought of this is painful for most men. So think about the feelings of women. For the sake of identity it may be optional for women to use her husband’s surname but only if she wishes to do so.
This is where Québec comes in. Until 1981, the custom in Québec was similar to France. Women would traditionally go by their husband's surname in daily life, but their maiden name remained their legal name. All this changed after the passage of a 1981 provincial law, intended to promote gender equality as outlined in the Québec Charter or Rights which ordained that no change may be made to a person's name without the authorization of the registrar of civil status or the authorization of the court.
The law called for newlyweds who wished to change their names upon marriage must therefore go through the same procedure as those changing their names for other reasons. Only the registrar of civil status may authorize a name changes and for specific reasons like: The name the person generally uses does not correspond to the name on their birth certificate; where the name is of foreign origin or too difficult to pronounce or write in its original form or; where the name invites ridicule or has become infamous.
This law did not allow a woman to immediately legally change her name upon marriage, as marriage is not listed among the reasons for a name change. However, she could use her husband's name socially and may eventually apply to change it under the "general use" clause.
In India, women usually adopt the husband's surname or the family name as their own after marriage and in some orthodox families a bride may have to change her full name and as desired by the in-laws. But there are some notable exceptions in India's matrilineal societies like the Nairs of Kerala where women retain their maiden names after marriage and even the children take her family name, rather than their father's.
For many of an Indian woman's official documents, the husband's name or father's name has to be mentioned as a legal guardian (applying for a passport, bank account, etc.,). This is irrespective of whether the woman is considered a minor or an adult.
Another example is Meghalaya where it is common practice for women not to change their names after marriage. Everyone is known by the birth name for life. The birth first name is the name the parents choose for their child and the last name is, by default, the mother's last name.
Many of our Indian laws are antiquated and in conflict with the true spirit of gender equality as enshrined in out Constitution. I think it is high time India should do what Québec did in 1981 – change the law and give little more respect to the women.
ess bee

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The India link

2011 is the Year of India in Canada. 
Artistes from all across Indian have visited and performed in various parts of Canada this year. Just about a month back from Kolkata Pt Ajoy Chakrabarty and Dr Tejendra Narayan Majumdar (picture), along with Sujoy Prosad, had a month long show in this country.
All the shows involving Indian artistes were a big draw given the strong presence of Indian NRIs who mostly see India through Bollywood movies and shows of these kind. For the past decade, Indian food and music has been on a high in the global fashion circuit.
Indian music and movies forge the strongest bonds between persons of Indian origin and their native country India even though some of them have not been to India for the past 3 or 4 decades.
The newer generations of Indians born and domiciled in Canada also see India through these shows and films only. However, there is a flip side too. Many performers and shows showcase or rather sell a certain brand image of India that has nothing to do with the true Indian culture.
One of the shows going on here is Bharati at Place des Arts no doubt the costume and faces are Indian, as is the language, but I could not find anything which is in true sense of Indian regional music or dance or art as claimed or touted by these shows.
These kind of shows have become money spinning businesses especially in the cities that are a little off beat and has lesser Indian population. I mean in London, New York, Dubai or Paris you cannot afford to have these kind of shows in the name of India culture or India. The Indian diaspora in these cities know SRK to Ekta Kapoor everything through the films and television soaps.
But is offbeat cities like Caracas, Incheon, Yarawan etc., where the Indian population doesn't travel much to India and do not have a day-to-day link with their native country, these show pass off anything and everything in the name of India.
I don't think it is possible to check such shows and performances abroad in the name of India or Indian culture. I remember in the 90s there used be scores of Bangladeshi restaurants selling paneer curry and soft pita bread in the name of Indian bread.
Those restaurants used to do good business. I remember that when I was in Lima (Peru) there was only one Indian restaurant and in the name of vegetarian thali I was served pickles, tomatoes, pita bread and dal which was like smashed potatoes and lentil curry.
As far as food is concerned things have changed a lot for the better. Today we have the best restaurants serving Indian cuisine around the world and some of them like Tulsi (New York), Tandoor (Sao Paolo), Chutney Mary, Sitare or The Gaylord (London) or Indigo (Dubai), are better than their famous Indian counterparts.
But as far as Indian culture and music is concerned there's a long way to go to promote the right elements of Indian culture internationally.
ess bee

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mamata - many moods

From Canada: As the trees change colours turning red, purple and orange from lush green. The weather here this fall portends a grim Canadian winter.
Back home, I heard about Mamata's Bijaya Sammelani meeting with the industrialists. Her first meeting with the industrialists in June, after coming to power, is still fresh in my mind. There was a great demand among the industrialists of Kolkata to get an invitation to that Belvedere Road meeting organised by Mamata Banerjee. Those who did not get the invitation made an all out effort through their channels and contacts - from the Writers' to Raisina - to procure an invitation card.
I wonder why there was such a desperation to be there at the meeting. It is because all of them wanted to set up industrial projects in the state or they just wanted to show their presence in order to countenance a show of solidarity with the new regime. Or was it they were worried by the fact that not being invited would dent their social standing and reputation as top industrialists.
Industrialists are always on the right side of the fence. They are with those who are in power. This is their compulsion given the nature and character of India's socio-economic set. The first impact of parivartan was most visible among the industrialists.
During the Pujas in Kolktata I happened to meet Mamata Banerjee thrice. Once at the book release of Moner Manush, then at the luncheon meet with Bhutan's Prime Minister at the Raj Bhawan hosted by the Governor of West Bengal M K Narayanan and finally at the house of Arun Bhutoria where she came to console the bereaved family members after his death.
I have seen her in three different moods over a short period of time. She was so much immersed into films and literature during the book release. She was extremely diplomatic, cheerful and soft at the Raj Bhawan . She was full of affection while talking to Arun's wife Suchandra and giving her moral courage and support to tide over the person loss of dear one. The way she comforted grief-stricken Suchandra, I must say she truly lives up to her name.
The elan with which she conducts herself, adapting to different situations, truly is the hallmark of a true leader or rather the leader of the masses. Weather a local matter or national or international issue, Mamata has always stood her ground and for the larger interests of Bengal.
I heard that the recent meeting with the industrialists was different from the previous one as Mamata Banerjee extended her support on the matter of land and land procurement.
In this second meeting with the industrialists Mamata adopted a pragmatic approach by taking the prospective investors into confidence and also assured them them land would not be a stumbling block for serious investors in the state.
Her candid approach has reassured many industrialists who were little disheartened after the first meeting. Mamata is a tireless surefooted worker and I am sure she would work earnestly towards bringing Bengal out of the morass it has fallen into. However, one of the greatest challenges for Mamta Banerjee would be to put in place or restore a neutral administration as she has promised.
ess bee

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Life's ups and downs

Montreal (Canada), October 18th 2011: I was supposed to be here on the 9th of this month but had to defer my trip due to the sad demise of my close friend Arun. Tomorrow, October 19th is his Birthday and also the 12th day of his death. I find it hard to come to terms with the fact that he is no more with us.
At times I feel that what is destined to happen will happen to all of us. The frequency of unexpected incidents in my life has shocked and awed me in equal measure. It seems to me that all the ups and downs in our lives are preordained.
I find it very difficult to imagine that such a disciplined person like Arun, a fitness freak who was regular at the gym could die so suddenly of heart attack.
That fateful day, just a few hours after the of Sindur Khela function, our family friend Suuchandra lost her sindur. However, that is life and life goes on.
The Sindur Khela was a huge success and the West Bengal Governor's wife, Padmini Narayanan, was kind enough to be the Chief Guest (picture)
Kolkata celebs at the Sindur Khela function of Chaltabagan Durga Puja
She joined June, Rituparna, Gargi Roy Chowdhury, Pallavi Chatterjee, Rachita Chohan, Agnimitra Paul, Usha Utthup, Pramita Mallick, Rita Bhimani and others.
On my the flight from Frankfurt to Montreal, I read about the Bhutan King's wedding which reminded me of a recent lunch with Jigme Y Thinley, the Prime Minister of Bhutan (picture).
Ever since I started writing blogs, this is the first time that I did not write anything for more than a week. In fact, I did nothing the whole of last week apart from spending time at my late friend Arun's house.
ess bee

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Losing a close friend

I was scheduled to leave for America on the eve of October 8th, 2011, but could not due to the sudden turn of events. On October 6th afternoon, while finalising the last minute details for Sindur Khela on 8th October at Chaltabagan puja pandal, I was informed that my close friend Arun Bhutoria (picture) was rushed to the BelleVue Clinic straight from The Park Hotel gym where he had collapsed.
Arun was more like an elder brother and after my mother's death it was his guidance and support that saw me through. My first thoughts were that he must have taken ill due to the fluctuations in glucose level or may be due to over exertion at the gym. 
It was very natural for me to think so because only the previous night I was at his residence for a late dinner.
By the time I reached the hospital, I got a call that Arun had suffered a major cardiac arrest and his pulse was almost zero at the time of admission. 
However, with the support of all the modern medical techniques - pumping of the heart, electric shock and pace maker – he responded well and his heart became stable and his pulse normal.
His heart could be revived largely due to the efforts of the Bellevue Clinic and the presence of mind and promptness of the gym instructor at The Park, who, without wasting a moment on formalities of informing the duty manager and other managers (standard procedure in any five star hotel), took him to the BelleVue Clinic and told the driver to inform us.
I confess that my knowledge of medical matters and outdoor sports is almost zero. What I gathered from the medical experts is that the human brain can work for five minutes only without oxygen. In case of cardiac arrest the supply of oxygen to the brain snaps due to lack of blood flow and it stops functioning. In Arun's case, it sure took more than five minutes from the gym to the hospital.
The doctors said they'd have to wait and watch Arun for 48 hours as the real concern was with his oxygen-starved brain and not the heart. Arun was a non-smoker and never took any alcohol. He was a very disciplined person who hardly took his last meal post 9 pm.
On the 7th evening things were seemingly under control. His heart was working fine though his brain was still a matter of concern. The neurologists from Mumbai who saw Arun said his heart's revival was nothing short of a miracle. They felt it would take some time for his brain to become normal.
I learnt that the situation could have been much better if the oxygen requirement of his brain could be lessened. This is medically possible through the use of a Cold Suit or therapeutic hypothermia which is not available in India at present. This technology or medical procedure puts brain cells into suspended animation so that they can survive longer without oxygen, reducing the risk of irreversible brain damage.
But alas, even big hospitals in India don't have the Cold Suit. Forget the Cold Suit, I learnt that most hospitals lack AEDs (automated external defibrillator) which is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias or disorders of the heart rate (pulse) or heart rhythm, such as beating too fast (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia), or irregularly. AEDs uses electrical therapy to check arrhythmias and restore normal functioning or rhythm.
I don’t think that in this country the best of gyms have this instrument although it costs less than US $1500.
On the morning of 8th October, as soon as the Chaltabagan program concluded, I got a call that Arun’s situation had worsened. I rushed to the hospital and was in front of him when Arun breathed his last.
At that moment it struck me why the gyms, which have the best sports equipment, don't keep any provision for AEDs to tackle emergencies or in situations like the one Arun was in. Currently, it is fashionable to tell people to be in shape but what matters more is to be healthy.
Even the best efforts of The Park Hotel gym instructor and his wife Suuchandra's prayers could not save Arun.
From whatever bits and scraps of information I have gathered, I have a feeling that had there been an AED, I would have had my weekly breakfast with Arun at the Flurry's.
May his soul rest in peace.
ess bee

Sunday, October 9, 2011

When will grahak Kumbhakarna wake up!

A network glitch at the State Bank of India on October 1, on the eve of the Pujas, inconvenienced thousands of customers across India. This set me wondering - either we Indians are all fools who cannot fight these banks, or the banking law of this country is such that it allows the banks to get away scot free by giving the middle finger to the customers.
What sort of a business culture we Indians have to put up with - gas agencies don't pick up phones; mobile companies activate services and charge customers without their knowledge or consent; ATMs often behave like `automatic terror machines' by not dispensing cash which is debited from the account; most of the movers and packers mishandle consignments and refuse to pay damages; courier packets vanish into thin air and so on.
We all know how the big daddies of banking world charge us interest and late fee for payment of credit card bills that we don't receive on time and for no fault of ours. Yet we can do little to seek effective redressal of our grievances. The Indian grahak (customer) is in a slumber - like the Kumbhakarna. I wonder when will grahak Kumbhakarna wake up.
We have the mindset that things don't work in Government machinery but the fact is that private companies can be even worse.
About a week back I received a statement of account from the American Express in the name of my mother who expired few years ago. When she was alive, she had written to the American Express Bank surrendering her credit card as she was not happy with their services. Many phone calls to the call center, faxes and letters sent by registered post failed to elicit any response from the Bank and all while it kept sending us statement of accounts (picture) for paying minimum yearly charges.
After my mother passed away, I faxed her death certificate and also got a confirmation from the call centre that they were in receipt of it. However, even till today, I continue to receive the statement of accounts and each time the dues get a tad bigger. As per the latest statement the total dues stand at Rs 8,017.46. This, according to the Bank, has accumulated over the last many years even though my mother had duly surrendered her card.
Like so many others, I do not have that much time and energy to communicate with the bank on a closed issue. The easiest thing to do is to junk the junk. Though we keep getting the account statement with unfailing regularity, we haven't received a single phone call from the Bank asking us to pay up.
My knowledge of banks and banking system is very limited but I do have a fair idea about the ways and means they employ. I must say I am simply stunned by the fact how a multinational bank, despite being informed, is hell bent on keeping someone alive on their records in 2011 when in reality the actual person passed away and even death certificate send to bank .
In order to get a broader perspective, I visited a grahak seva website and found the customers' narratives posted there read like horror stories. Well, incredible things happen in incredible India because its incredible people know not how to react.
ess bee

Friday, October 7, 2011

My friend in hospital

October 6, 2011: This morning I was in my office. Around noon time, I got a call informing me that my closest friend Arun Bhutoria was rushed straight to the Bellevue from The Park Hotel gym.
My first thoughts were that it must be something to do with the fluctuation of glucose levels or over exertion while exercising, for only yesterday night I had gone to their Pretoria Street home for dinner around midnight.
By the time I reached the hospital, I got another call saying that Arun had suffered a major cardiac infraction. At the time of admission to the hospital, his pulse was almost zero but with all the modern medical techniques - from artificial pumping of the heart, electric shock to putting a pace maker - his heart was revived and his pulse beat was back to normal.
I must confess that I have very little knowledge about heart ailments or things medical and also of outdoor sports. But what I heard and understood is that the human brain can work for a maximum period of five minutes without oxygen. In the case of cardiac arrest, the oxygen supply to the brain is affected due to restricted flow of blood as result the brain gradually stops functioning.
The doctor informed us that we have to wait and watch for 48 hours as the problem was with the brain and not the heart which had stabilised. There is no reason to doubt what the doctors say since Arun is a non-smoker, always abstained from alcohol and maintained a disciplined regime completing dinner by 9 pm.
I am really worried about him.
ess bee

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Sindur Khela at Chaltabagan Puja

On Saturday the 8th of October there would be a Sindur Khela at the Chaltabagan Durga Puja.
As the Durga Puja festivities come to an end people rejoice and celebrate Bijoya Dashami, the day that is celebrated each year symbolising the victory of good over evil.
But the mood across pandals soon turn sombre as it is time to say good bye to Maa Durga, who, according to legends, is believed to return to her abode in Mount Kailash with her family following the Bisarjan or the immersion in the Ganges.
It is the time to say good bye to Maa Durga through the customary Sindur Khela. Bengal women folk (especially the married) come out to smear vermillion on each other in ritualistic fervour by converging in temples and pandals bidding farewell to Maa Durga. The women adorn themselves in traditional dresses offering vermilion at the feet of the Goddess and then smear each other with the red vermilion, wishing long life for their husbands and peace and prosperity for their families.
I have requested the wife of the Governor of West Bengal, Mrs Padmini Narayanan, to be the Chief Guest besides some of my other women celebrity friends.
ess bee

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

True Spirit Puja

Today morning I went to the Bengal Club for a breakfast meet hosted by The Telegraph in connection with the True Spirit Puja competition. The Bengal is a partner in this competition along with Kolkata Police, KMC and West Bengal Fire Services.
US Consul General Dean R Thompson
The True Spirit Puja award is different from the scores of other Puja awards in the city in the sense that the awards are given on the basis of “true spirit” i.e., facilities for handicaps, proper sanitation, potable water, first aid, use of pollution-free and environment friendly materials for pandals and other purposes during pujas.
The Bengal representative Dolly Basu was in the judges' panel along with Arpita Chatterjee who is also a member of The Bengal, Rupam Islam and US Consul General Dean R Thompson.
The US Consul and his wife, Jane, were there at the inauguration of Chaltabagan Puja.
Mrs Jane Thompson, wife of US Consul General in Kolkata
They came with a group of diplomats. 
Chaltabagan Lohapatty Durga Puja has been winning the True Spirit awards from many years now. Last year the Puja was awarded the The Hall of Fame.
ess bee

Monday, October 3, 2011

Choto Chokay Boro Pujo

Monday, October 3, 2011: Yesterday was Gandhi Jayanti. Around 8:30 am I went to Elgin Road where a ceremony for the children was flagged off. Education For All Trust in partnership with The Telegraph - TTIS organised a first time ever puja awards Choto Chokay Boro Pujo that was judged by the students - the future of our society.
A group of 30 students from different schools (mostly from Class IX to XII), including five students from the underprivileged section of the society, supported by our Trust gathered at Elgin Road for necessary briefing on Sunday 2nd October, 2011, on the day of sashthi for the flag off. They started from the venue for judging 16 selected pandals in Kolkata. 
They were accompanied by a panel of celebrity judges actor Arindam Sil and Actress Rachita Chauhan.
I met this group again in the evening at the Taj Bengal where they had dinner hosted by Hotel Taj Bengal (picture).
My friends Arindam Sil and Rachita Chauhan were kind enough to agree to my request to spend the whole day with the children as the judges for this competition. The children were very happy, as we all were.
ess bee

Sunday, October 2, 2011

`Hopemonger invites'

I received an e-mail invitation from a local organization requesting me to be their Guest of Honour for a function. Further, the e-mail said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee “.... is expected to inaugurate the function.”
Well, I have personally organized hundreds of events big and small over the years. I have also participated in numerous functions as the chief guest and in various other capacities from time to time. I have, in fact, developed a sort of sixth sense when it comes to judging the credibility of events and functions.
It took me no time to see through this e-mail invite that dropped the chief minister's name like a carrot. I get such invites from various organizations every now and then and I know their ways. In this case too, the fact was what I had correctly sensed. The organizers had faxed for sure an invitation to the chief minister’s office with a request to inaugurate the function. They had not received any intimation let alone confirmation.
This kind of a cheap stunt or hopemongering is a standard practice among few non governmental organisations (NGOs), groups and various event management companies who send out invitations to eminent citizens with all kinds of requests and without waiting for any confirmation print invitation cards in which they use words like 'expected” and “likely” or "invitees " to drop names while being technically and may be legally correct.
I remember a particular incident last year. I had received an invitation that had Pranab Mukherjee’s name emblazoned on top while the minister was attending a top level meeting in the United States that was planned well in advance.
During the Puja season, there are so many Puja functions and inaugurations. We get to see the names of large number of top political leaders and celebrities in invitation cards. But the fact of the matter is that not even 25 per cent of these so called “chief guests” turn up at the events and in many cases they are not even aware of the function.
I do not understand what grand purpose does it serve to brag about events by dropping names and arousing false hopes among the masses. I feel those who send such invitations with false claims are confidence tricksters with ulterior motives out to hoodwink the people. They do so to garner crowds or sponsors or just to massage their egos. Whatever it may be, I strongly condemn such practice.
In the past two or three years I have noticed many city based organizations of Rajasthani community and their representatives claim publicly and even issue press statements saying the chief minister of Rajasthan is expected or is going to attend such and such function. But the fact is that the chief minister of Rajasthan has not yet visited Kolkata during his current term.
Many organizers have officials who think they are the cat's whiskers. These smart alecs play the old game of inviting VVIPs and drop their names without waiting for any kind of confirmation. There are many gullible citizens who take the organizers' word in good faith and make it a point to attend their function only to be fooled at the end of the day. Gauging from the sheer number of such kind of invites I receive, I say this breed of hopemongers are rising at a worrying rate.
So far, I have not received any local invite expecting Barack Obama to attend their function. But I wouldn't be surprised if I get one soon.
ess bee

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Chaltabagan puja inauguration

Night view of Chaltabagan Durga Puja
Saturday, October 1, 2011: Chaltabagan Puja is all over the news today. This year the pandal was an eye-catcher and really turned out well. 
The lighting of the pandal, which is made of glass and the work of cellophane and bangles, added to the extraordinary ambience and was much appreciated.
Yesterday, all my guests, including Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare (picture) artist Suvaprasanna, actress Arpita Chatterjee, film director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, theatre artist Suman Mukhopadhyay, industrialist Mannoj Kumar Jain, local MLA Smita Bakshi (picture), Minister for Consumer Affairs Sadhan Pandey.
Also present were US Consul General Dean R Thompson and his wife Jane and other dignitaries and friends attended the inauguration.
The Governor M K Narayanan distributed books and clothes to the needy and said in his speech that all the puja committees should contribute towards the relief work in the wake of the recent earthquake. 
He thanked me for contributing towards the same cause (picture).
This morning I went to the Tollygunge Police Station to flag off the Puja Darshan of Pronam members. 
Police Commissioner R K Pachnanda (picture), Debasish Roy Additional CP (IV), Sanjay Singh Special Additional CP and Joint CP (AP) and D P Singh, DC South, were also present.
Few of the senior citizens got very emotional as they were very much overwhelmed with the efforts of the Kolkata Police and The Bengal are extending them through the Pronam Project work.
ess bee