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Intellectuals to shack up at Nandigram

May 10, 2008
History of Bengal will be rewritten on Sunday as the first phase of Panchayat elections takes off at Nandigram on Sunday.

For the first time, a group of intellectuals from West Bengal will shack up at this controversial place of East Midnapore from Saturday to try and prevent 'state government-sponsored' violence in the area during polls.

The group consists of filmmaker-cum-journalist Aparna Sen, painters Suvaprasanna and Shipra Bhattacharya, thespians Shaonli Mitra, Kaushik Sen, Manish Mitra et al.

A couple of days back, the same group had taken out a silent procession in protest against the 'slaughter of democracy' in Nandigram.

Needless to say, these thinking brains of Bengal have lost faith in the government machinery and they fear 'unprecedented bloodshed will mar the Panchayat elections.

Image: File photo of eminent actress Aparna Sen showing off a poster condemning bloodshed in Nandigram, during a silent protest march in Kolkata
Reportage: Indrani Roy Mitra | Photograph: Deshkalyan Chowdhury/AFP/Getty Images

Also read: Coverage: Violence rocks Nandigram
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