Nearly three decades ago, Dipten Dey, my classmate from Delhi’s Raisina Bengali School, worked as a personal assistant of Mamata Banerjee. She was a rising politician, a handful of pockmarked Communist leaders in Kolkata described her as “a troublesome youngster."
There was an element of shock and surprise in whatever he did. Once planning an ESPN Star Sports campaign around Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday, Padamsee wanted over a hundred college girls to call the master blaster “Sexy” to the classical sarod raga from Aman and Ayan Ali Bangash, sons to the legendary Amjad Ali Khan.
Every morning, sex workers at seedy Sonagachi, one of Asia’s largest red-light districts, invoke the Sun God with waters of the holy Ganges gushing from roadside spigots. And then, they slowly walk into a dilapidated building the women call a House of Hope.
A curious case of a top cop fighting a top investigator in the Rs 12,000 crore Sarada scam has snowballed into a major controversy involving the ruling BJP-led NDA government and the Trinamool Congress in Bengal.