Farmers rule the show
Udar Akash’s special issue on peasants
By a Correspondent
Kolkata Book Fair (KBF) 2019 stunningly experienced the release of an exceptional Bengali magazine with a researched eye-view.
It was at the stall number 182 of little magazine pavilion where Naren Mahato of North 24 Parganas, Rafique Alam of South 24 Parganas, Abu Talem Mondal and Samiul Haque of Nadia, Shyamol Das of Howrah and several other economically challenged farmers along with the Social Worker Dr Nabila Khan and poet Arup Bandyopadhayay released the special issue named Prantik Samaj of Udar Aakash, a Bengali magazine edited by Faruque Ahamed, coordinator of the chemistry department at Kalyani University.
Prantik Samaj has highlighted socio economic problems faced by working class in different fields at a time when the issues like support prices for crops, demands to waive loans in agriculture, withdrawal of subsidies in agriculture and fuel sectors etc are all set to be prime agendas in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
“Breaking the conventional style of releasing books or magazines mainly by ministers, eminent academicians or prominent personalities, Udar Akash decided to invite those faces from marginal societies who are striving to survive their everyday lives. They are guests to release the special book fair issue namely “PRANTIK SAMAJ” of Udar Aakash, a research peer reviewed journal of this year. “Dr Nabila Khan, a physician and social activist was also in the releasing programme on Sunday,” said Ahamed.
“This issue focuses mainly on socio-economic problems of the poor working class people across the country that is witnessing a regular surge in movements and demonstrations by economically challenged people across states. Farmers, common workers and daily wage labourers are aggrieved demanding support prices for crops, waive loans in agriculture, subsidies in agriculture and fuel sectors,” he added.
The special issue enriched with excellent writings of eminent writers like Nafisa Parvin, Shamsun Nahar, Selina Yasmin, Kasturi Ray Chatterjee, Purnima Roy, Saifulla, Suvendu Mondal, Shantanu Pradhan, Ekramul Haque Sk, Kazi Abu Torab, Rezaul Karim and Sona Bandyopadhyay, poets of eminence like Subodh Sarkar, Sk Sadar Nayeem, Ansar-Ul-Haque, Arup Bandyopadhayay, Eva Chakraborty, Tazimur Rahman, Abdus Sukur Khan and many more, physician of respect, Dr Nabila Khan and many others who focussed on what has been named through the words “Prantik Samaj,” a special focus on deteriorating socio-economic scenario and joblessness in the country.