26 September, 2020

The Bengal Renaissance!

In a state starved of success, Saurav Ganguly isn't just a cricketer - he's an icon of pride

The Bengal Renaissance!

A stagnant economy. No new industrial investment for ages. Growing unemployment. Mass migration of intellectual capital to other parts of India. Deteriorating law and order situation. Clear loss of ground in arts and culture - areas which the state once dominated. But West Bengal has Saurav Ganguly.

Economy: the average Bengali is inspired as much by Ganguly’s feats on the cricket field as with the money he earns through his advertising contracts. Industrial investment: Ganguly is one of the few entrepreneurs who have invested in West Bengal in recent years, setting up a mineral water plant. Growing unemployment: thousands of Bengali middle-class parents are putting their boys through cricket coaching; cricket is suddenly seen as a possible career like engineering or medicine. Migration of intellectual capital: so what if the cream has moved out, Ganguly has no plans of shifting from his ancestral home in south Calcutta. The law and order situation and the arts and culture bit: well, not much of a contribution there by Saurav (unless you count wife Donna Roy, an...



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