K for Calcutta is odd, and yes we know that but when we are talking about Calcutta, all odds are going to be taken care of. The city which was once the economical and functional capital of India is now only left with its crown of being the cultural capital of India. But is that so simple? When once the undivided Bengal was referred as the part of the country that leads the later and the then Calcutta being its centre, then why did this part of the country leave the race when the “capital city” title was taken away? These are just some of a million questions that people from outside ask our very own beloved city Kolkata, and today I thought let me take one for the team and try to answer some of these.
Calcutta has seen much. And this much glides through the timeline from it being the Presidency city and the East India Headquarters being set up to the Naxalite movement during the 1970s. No wait, its not over yet and will not be in the next hundred years. Calcutta has seen the partition of Bengal in 1911 to the day when the Noble committee recognized Rabindranath Tagore as an international poet and awarded him The Noble prize for literature. But yes let us just keep the facts aside because I do not want to sound like an old historian talking only about historical facts.
I don’t know how many of us really know today that this city of Kolkata was once referred as ‘the dying city’ by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. No sir, it is not so. A city that took oath to keep within itself the part of old India, the cultures of India that may become weary in other developing cities but is burning alive within the streets of Kolkata can never be a dying city, although Mr. Gandhi had stated that on the basis of socio-political aspects. You may find great business centers, great technological cities , great economically grown cities but if you want to see a city with a heart, come to Kolkata, that’s where you belong then. Now some may say that keeping the old India alive within Kolkata will hamper the city to develop, but it is not so, we know how to develop. The city of Kolkata is also one of the highly developing centers of education and excellence. If by any chance you move to the areas like Park Street and Rajarhat, then your view of Kolkata as a weary old city will definitely change. Many great talents and uncountable people from Kolkata has secured great places in the outside world, some may have moved to other cities while some have left the country but at the end of the day when the sun sets they all are drawn back to the city that has a heart, their very own Kolkata.
You know why at first I mentioned K for Calcutta because Calcutta and Kolkata are just two opposite sides of a mirror, where the former one was a city which was highly progressive and had made a mark in history but then suddenly falls behind in the race of sociological development, and on the other side the later one, is a renamed city of culture and sentiments and aspirations that rises again as a great city from the debris of a worn out stuck in time land of joy.
*Image taken from internet