West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is not one to rest on her laurels. Had others dislodged an incumbent as entrenched as the CPI(M), they would have wiped the sweat off their brow, propped their feet up and taken a breather. Not our Mamata didi. From the word go, she has made sure that the political 'poriborton' is not just limited to the way she governs but touches aspects of people's lives hitherto ignored by ruling dispensations. Hence the zealous promotion of rabindra sangeet at traffic intersections (what better place for a captive audience), or painting public structures and tree trunks in blue such that change gets embedded in the consciousness.
In the height of a scorching summer, Didi's thoughts, like most of us, have turned to cooler climes. Poring over the atlas, we imagine, and trying to discover areas where Bengali pride has not gone before, she has come across a 6,466-metre unscaled peak in the Basta Valley in Himachal Pradesh. To that destination is headed a 10-member team from the state youth services department wing, mandated to conquer the peak and rename it after Swami Vivekananda, to mark his 150th birth anniversary due next year. If successfully done, accomplished men and women of proud Bengal will be celebrated across the widest physical space, from the depths of underground train stations in Kolkata to the height of Himalayan splendour.
That said, we still think there is an area that has escaped Didi's attention, and which is dying to bear her signature mark. Outer space still poses the ultimate challenge to the human spirit and its aspiration to leave an imprint. May we suggest that Ms Banerjee go about setting up an international space station reserved exclusively for Bengal, which can function as a suitable cultural platform to promote the region's unique music, cuisine and sundry other achievements. You reader, might approach this write-up for comic relief, but in comedy can be found some of the most profound realisations about life and living.