Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Agartala Airport issue : A facebook comment

Well, I have been following this post since it started on the popular Facebook group TNT-The Northeast Today (which is the Facebook organ of the popular news & youth magazine The Northeast Today). It created a lot of racist comments and feuds. I followed silently and finally, this is what I commented there :

If you go around in the streets of Agartala, you will find Netaji Subash Bridge at Nagerjala area, 2 statues of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi in front of Bharat Pharmacy (battala), a Gandhi statue at the Assam Rifles base, and countless other statues and memorials including IGM, GB Pant & Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Hospital, dedicated to the National politicians in the heart of the city.

The first thing that strikes me whenever I am out in the city is do we not have any man/woman from our own state who could be immortalized through such sculptures?? Why do we need to pay tribute to people who have visited Tripura only due to election purpose??

The second thought that comes to my mind is why all the statues are of people who are directly or indirectly related to politics?? Is it not the land of Sachin Debbarman too??

Now they have proposed to rename the Agartala Airport, no doubt a good decision, we need a name for our only Airport. But, why again glorifying Radindranath Tagore who was never associated with the port??

To me this naming of Airport issue is a lame one, as it has nothing to do with the affairs of state and people, but then again, I ask the Govt. of Tripura, if we don’t glorify our golden past, then who will?? Will Delhi ever name even a street after any King or Poet from Tripura??