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January 14, 2015

We must preserve the cultural heritage of Bengal: WB CM

We must preserve the cultural heritage of Bengal: WB CM

West Bengal Chief Minister inaugurated a slew of projects at Nimtala Ghat crematorium, which included electric chullis and two environment-friendly wooden chullis. She also inaugurated the renovated memorial for Rabindranath Tagore at Nimtala Ghat and a memorial for Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa at Kashipur Ghat.

 Highlights of her speech on the occasion:

  • Several years passed since independence. No one ever thought of renovating the place where last rites of Ramakrishna was held.
  • We took over Roy Villa in the Hills where she breathed her last. We handed over to the Ramakrishna Mission. It is a heritage.
  • We will not allow any insult to the culture of Bengal. We will maintain the heritage.
  • We asked Rabindra Bharati University to set up another campus so that we could renovate Jorasanko museum.
  • Kazi Nazrul Islam was ignored in West Bengal. He was an iconic poet. We named a university after him.
  • We set up Nazrul Tirtha, Rabindra Tirtha. We are setting up a Centre of Excellence named after Swami Vivekananda.
  • We are building Dhano Dhanye stadium, named after the patriotic song penned by Dwijendralal Roy.
  • Religion does not teach discrimination. Sadbhavana means Sarva Dharma Samannyay.
  • We have built a new temple of Kapil Muni at Gangasagar. We are building a big Gateway to Gangasagar. The priest at Kapil Muni Ashram said the gateway will be called Sarva Dharma Sambhava.
  • No matter how much you abuse me, I will keep working for the people.
  • It is our duty to preserve the spot where Rabindranath Tagore was cremated.
  • There were only 4 electric chullis in Nimtala Ghat. Now there are 12.
  • Today is a holy day. People will take holy dip at Gangasagar from tonight. Lakhs of pilgrims come here for the occasion.
  • We have made arrangements for the pilgrims visiting Gangasagar. We withdrew tax that they had to pay for visiting Gangasagar.
  • Bengal is the only State where we have not levied water tax.
  • CREDAI has given Rs 2.5 crore for development work under CSR. I thank them for the support.
  • We beautified Ganga ghats. We beautified Millennium Park. Like London, Kolkata Eye is coming up soon.
  • We will develop Nimtala Ghat like other ghats in Kolkata.
  • Ramakrishna Mission, Bharat Sevasram Sangha work for all. We believe in harmony of all religions.
  • United we stand, divided we fall. We respect all religions. Ramakrishna Paramhansa said Joto mot, toto poth. We must follow his ideals.