13 May, 2021

Sonamoni Khatun: Trinamool Congress Foot Soldier In Basirhat

Sonamoni Khatun, a third-year BA student, is campaigning for Trinamool Congress' candidate Nusrat Jahan.

Photograph by Sandipan Chatterjee
Sonamoni Khatun: Trinamool Congress Foot Soldier In Basirhat

“As a woman and a political worker, I have my ears to the ground and have harir khobor (literally ‘news from the pot’, or intimate details) of every home in my village,” says 20-something Sonamoni Khatun . As a brazen noonday sun beats down, a mee­ting is underway at the Trinamool Congress office in Itinda village, near the India-Bangladesh border in North 24 Par­­­­ganas district. Sonamoni is pla­nning the booth-level campaign strategy with a group of women party workers from neighbouring vil­­lages. They discuss Tollywood star and TMC Lok Sabha candidate Nusrat Jahan’s visit.

“Though none of us have met Nusrat, our party’s Lok Sabha candidate from Basirhat, we feel we have known her for years. We have seen her on television and in films,” says Sonamoni, a third-year BA student. The women murmur in agreement; some youngsters rattle off names of Nusrat’s blo­­ckbusters. The...

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