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Republic Day Musings: A 1947 without Lord Mountbatten – History Revisited | Nirendra Narayan Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevEditor's Note: Nirendra Narayan Dev (nirendev1 [at] gmail [dot] com), an acclaimed political journalist, is a special correspondent of The Statesman, New Delhi and author of acclaimed books including Modi to Moditva, Ayodhya : Battle For Peace, The Talking Guns North East India and Godhra A Journey To Mayhem. Nirendra was born and brought up in India's northeast and his father served with paramilitary force Assam Rifles. His blog is at bestofindiarestofindia.blogspot.com.

We have previously had an opportunity of talking to the author and have posted the audio recording of the interview.

WBRi also has the pleasure of publishing a series of short stories by Nirendra. Search with keywords "Nirendra Dev" to read his prior stories and articles on Washington Bangla Radio.


At this time of personal and collective reflection, the true spirit of the Republic Day is well summed up in the immortal number of one of my all time favourites, Yesudas.

Tere aane se saj gayee humaree yeh tutee phutee naav
…..Goree yeh duwaaye karna jarur, maajhi se naiya ho nahi dur

Sabko kinare pahunchaayega, maajhi toh kinara tabhi paayega

Truly without democracy and the republic spirit, India would not have been as beautiful as it is today.



Ahoban Shono Ahoban - A Musical Theater: Debojyoti Mishra Scripts a Brilliant Tribute to His Master Salil Chowdhury

Anweshaa and Debojyoti Mishra
Anweshaa and Debojyoti Mishra

The concept was brilliant, execution flawless in a first-of-its-kind tribute. Debojyoti Mishra brought familiar characters associated with Salil Chowdhury alive on the podium - from “Runner” and “Madhumoti” to “Anand”. These characters met each other in the different phases of the composer's life. The characters were played by leading contemporary theater actors and popular singers. Singers Rupankar, Anweshaa Dutta Gupta and Shovan Ganguly; actors Neel Mukherjee, Koneenica Bandyopadhyay, and members from Chetana Group Theater were among those on the stage. A whose-who of performers also included ace studio musicians.



Yoga Rooms Open at Frankfurt Airport

Information Panel, Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport

Information Panel, Terminal 1 at Frankfurt Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hindus have applauded launching of two yoga rooms at Frankfurt Airport, a major international airport in Germany, calling it a step in the positive direction.



Happy Birthday Netaji! An Open Letter to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose - Nirendra Narayan Dev

Nirendra Narayan DevWe will debate these political issues on a later day, Netaji. But as an ardent admirer of yours – initially by the fashion as I too was born a Bengali and you are a folk hero of Bengalis. And later by conviction – I beg your attention to the contemporary setting. Things are actually in a mess today and would have certainly pained you – if not shocked you! The challenges are many and yet we as countrymen and women continue to contribute in increasing a few – at least every month. The situation we are in, Netaji, should be enough to wake us up to the realization that the basic game has changed fundamentally. Lingering territorial disputes are no longer the driving force. After 68 years, we still have found no answer to starvation and problems on water have only grown manifold ...



Salil Chowdhury: New Project on Indian Music Maestro Marks 90th Birth Anniversary

Salil Chowdhury Calendar Launch
Salil Chowdhury Calendar Launch

Legendary music composer Salil Chowdhury’s 90th birth anniversary was recently celebrated at Calcutta Rowing Club with announcement of a new project "The Salil Chowdhury Memorial - Concert and Honors." A joint venture of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers and The Salil Chowdhury Foundation, "The Salil Chowdhury Memorial - Concert and Honours" was revealed in a glorious ceremony in Kolkata.



Sourav Ganguly and Prosenjit Chatterjee Make Lucky Winners Luckier on Stage

Prosenjit Chatterjee and Sourav Ganguly
Prosenjit Chatterjee and Sourav Ganguly

Two of the biggest contemporary Bengal icons Prosenjit Chatterjee and Sourav Ganguly recently came together on the same stage for Senco Gold and Diamonds to present awards to winners of Senco Festive offer at a press club.


DARK CHOCOLATE Bengali Film Actress Mahima Chaudhury: "Understanding Indrani Mukherjee was most challenging" (Interview)

Mahima Choudhary
Actress Mahima Choudhary

Bollywood actress Mahima Chaudhury was recently in Kolkata to attend the Poster launch of her debut Bengali film “Dark Chocolate” based on the controversial Sheena Bora Murder Case. The “Pardes” actress is playing the role of Indrani Mukherjee, the prime accused in the murder case.


Interview: Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata - AIRLIFT is about heroic pilots evacuating Indians from Gulf war

Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in Kolkata

Akshay Kumar recently visited Kolkata to promote his upcoming film "Airlift" which is based on the real-life heroism of Ranjit Katyal and Indian civilian plane pilots in s record-breaking effort to evacuate more than 110,000 Indians stranded in the war-struck Kuwait when Iraq invaded and annexed Kuwait in 1990. Kuwait was liberated in the overpowering success of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm by a global coalition led by the United States. Akshay Kumar was accompanied in Kolkata by Nimrat Kaur, his co-star who plays his wife in Airlift. Nimrat's remarkable performance in "The Lunchbox" is remembered by all film-lovers. WBRi talks to Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur about their latest film.


fbb Femina Miss India World 2016: Rajkanya Baruah is Miss India Kolkata, Sushmita Roy and Adya Niraj are Runners Up

Adya Niraj, Rajkanya Baruah and Sushmita Roy - fbb Femina Miss Kolkata World 2016 Winners
Adya Niraj, Rajkanya Baruah and Sushmita Roy - fbb Femina Miss Kolkata 2016 Winners

Rajkanya Baruah from Guwahati emerged as the winner of fbb Femina Miss India Kolkata 2016. She was crowned by Koel Mullick. First runner up Sushmita Roy was crowned by Churni Ganguly and Second runner up Adya Niraj was crowned by Dev and Nil.

Tollywood actress Koel Mullick, actress and director Churni Ganguly, fashion designer-duo Dev and Nil, and Manjari Agarwal were on the panel of the judges at the grand finale of the pageant held with great zest and glamour at Swissotel Kolkata on January 14. The brand ambassador of the pageant is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.


Miss India Kolkata Rajkanya Baruah
Rajkanya Baruah



I Want to Paint Kolkata Vibrant Colors - Shah Rukh Khan (WBRi Interview)

Shah Rukh Khan in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.

Shah Rukh Khan returns to Kolkata to launch coffee-table book "Shades of Bengal", talks to WBRi about FAN, RAEES, Salman Khan's SULTAN, the Bengali psyche, his first trips to the city, Nolen Gur and more


Prakash Jha Piqued on Censor Board Demands for Cuts to Make "Jai Gangaajal" U/A (Unrestricted with Parental Guidance)

Priyanka Chopra as Police Officer SP Abha Mathur with Prakash Jha
Priyanka Chopra as Police Officer SP Abha Mathur with Prakash Jha

Jha has been asked to beep out the word ‘saala’ among other ‘offensive words’ from his upcoming Priyanka Chopra starrer Jai Gangaajal as it is there in CBFC Chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani’s infamous cuss list.


Mandana Karimi Dons a Pink Two-Piece, Completes Daring Photo-Shoot with Ice-Cream and Bicycle

By Krupa Sarup

Mandana Karimi

A lot of eyes are on her remarkable lithe figure, but she shows no lack of confidence pulling off a sensual photo shoot in a pink bikini for a poster of her forthcoming film "Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3".



Interview: Quickfire with a Candid AMITABH BACHCHAN in Kolkata | Trams and Fuchkas to WAZIR and TE3N (WBRi Exclusive)

Amitabh Bachchan talks to WBRi in Kolkata

The Big B recently took some time out for a press meet for Wazir in which he plays a physically-challenged chess grand-master. Washington Bangla Bangla Radio correspondent J.P. Mandal caught up with the biggest superstar of India at the press meet where he spoke candidly about Wazir, his co-stars, his  career of five decades, his nostalgia with Kolkata - from fuchkas to trams and more.

Vidya Balan talks to WBRi about TE3N, her lucky city Kolkata and much more




ARSHINAGAR Illuminates Kolkata with Glistering Premiere | New Aparna Sen Bangla Movie with DEV - Rittika Ushers in X'Mas Spirit

ARSHINAGAR Bengali Movie: DEV, Rittika Sen and Aparna Sen cut X'Mas Cake at Premiere
DEV, Rittika Sen and Aparna Sen cut X'Mas Cake

Kolkata, India, Dec 28 (Washington Bangla Radio) - The premiere of the latest Bengali movie release Arshinagar directed by Aparna Sen starring Dev and Rittika Sen in the lead was held recently at a new multiplex theater in south-eastern Kolkata. The premiere on Christmas eve doubled the festive mood of cast, crew and guests present.

Arshinagar: Garage Band frontman Rockstar Dev opposite Rittika Sen in 21st-century Romeo and Juliet


Tollywood Hero DEV at Arshinagar PremiereTollywood Kolkata Bengali Actress Rittika Sen Hot at Arshinagar Premiere
DEV and Rittika Sen




Interview: SHAH RUKH KHAN and KAJOL Talk to WBRi About Their New "Action-Romance" Film DILWALE in Kolkata

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Kolkata (C) WBRi Inc.
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Kolkata

Kajol could not stop laughing when he told her people of this city greet him as "Khan dada", said SRK in a glorious evening at the Taj Bengal. SRK and Kajol talk to WBRi candidly about their new film Dilwale, the protests and blocking of screening in some parts of India after SRK's comment about religious tolerance, plans about a film based on the AMC TV series Breaking Bad, the reaction of Kajol's daughter on the film and much more.