Two days in Paschimanchal

September 8, 2013

 Day before yesterday  I started accompanied by Dipak towards Bankura. I was initially reluctant to move .. however, I could not refuse Dipak this time..  Dipak already took  nod from the authority  for my journey.  Before journey I reviewed the works of Turmeric project.. I asked him to prepare a status paper.. and put some of the documents of our work.. he did all those overnight as all materials were lying with him.. I know this time it was very difficult to move for both family & other reasons.. but I got inner call to attend Bankura and interact with the officials to reveal turmeric prospects in Bankura district as well as Paschimanchal.   A meeting was called on by the DM   with arequest from the Secretary ,Paschimanchal to review the Schemes 2012-13.   However, we started at the morning . There were jams at Panagarh. after a long gap I saw it. It was horrible to sit in the cab..  gradually,jam was overcome.  Again, we faced trouble at Fulberiamore.. there was blockage of roads by students.. we turned to a different path. Reached Amarkanan . Met swamiji. went to the field. Maharaji tried his level best to plant turmeric. Continuous rains  did not allow to the growth turmeric. drainage is a problem. We advised him to do some minor change in this situation. Maharaji also sowed turmeic in his compound, These are in well position. we were in hurry and started immediate after visiting plots. Reached Bankura Circuit house just at 2.00 p.m/  all the officials of DM office were present. All the BDOs were there. re[presentatives from PUP & others were there.  NGOs, clubs and others representing various activities in bankura assemled there.  All were representing their cases. We got the opportunity. Our activites were acclaimed. DM personally became interested in turmeric. We showed photographs . Case studies were interacted. DM asked all the BDOs to take turmeric as a special component. In the mean while I told the house on the prospects of eco-tourism in Bankura referring to Barachaka & Bamandiha. These points were recorded. Hope, my dream for those places will come in reality soon.

Dipak was happy as turmeric reached to the house. I called him to observe turmeric-day.

In the evening we took rest at MBK,Belatore.

Early in the morning I told Dipak to visit raipur cluster. Till now I did not visit it. accordingly, we moved towards raipur. From my childhood I recall memories of raipur. This was a backward area that time. My sister’s mother-in-law was the MLA of Raipur. Bidhan Roy  specially called on Sudharani to do good for the area. I heared from Sudharani that  Tarasankar bandopadhay came to raipur and campaigned for Sudharani there. However, these are memories..

I relied on Gop for turmeric mission. i sent swaraj there. He organized camps and motivated farmers’ club, villagers towards turmeric, Most of the stakeholders are tribals. they came at Chhatna to receive seed. There was due Forsome money from our end. I wanted to pay at their place.

We were stopped at ratanpur. We were observing Pan=borojs. we found lands are so high that  no crops were there. Some people came and surrounded us. they urged for turmeric seed. They wanted to grow, We assured them to extend our help in future.

The jouney towars raipur was pleasant. We crossed taldandgra, These are rainfed areas. Pumkins are the main  cash crop there. Then crossed simlapal. we were happy to see tribal girls attending colleges, schools. I stopped a bit to take snaps of the statue of Pandit Raghnath murmu. At the same time i visited three Jahirsthan,. sacred groves are common in those areas.

i asked Dipak to change our module and move to sarenga. This time we had benificiaries at Sarenga block. Moreover, I was getting emotional to get informations on Culshaw. Culshaw devoted his whole life on Tribals of Sarenga. He is the author on santhal life. His books are not available. I wanted to see some memories of the great man. The way to sarenga is excellent. I have visited some spots comparable to the Sarenga. There is enough and enough scope to develop tourism here. Dipak captured many snaps. I will post these later. Alas, we forgot our people. No body recapitulate it. The hospital which was nurtured by Culshaw is there but nodody knows him today. i met the hospital super, chuches, locala residents,, they are not aware of him.. With broken heart we left sarenga. Finally reached to Raipur cluster, Visited the fields. we were satisfied by their performance. There is strong demand  for growing turmeric in the comining season.

Thereafter, we turned to visit Kapgari cluster/. we reached there around 2.00. Kapgari KVK made a unique plot of turmeric under orchards. obviously this will be role model  for the area. we also visited Khudiram’s plot. This is also good. But another plot of Jagadish was suffered from water congestion & weed infection. we advised him for control.

We left from Kapgari at 3.00 p.m. and back to kalyani at 11.00 p.m.