Nano car project hot favourite theme of Durga Puja pandals this year

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Barrackpore, Oct 3 (UNI) With an early solution to the long-drawn impasse over land acquisition in Singur still seeming elusive, the Nano car project has emerged as the hot favourite theme for several Durga Puja pandals in the capital city as well as throughout the state of West Bengal this year.

As the entire state is being decked up like a bride to welcome Durga Puja, the main festival of the Bengalis, beginning on October 5, the puja organisers at Santosh Mitra Square Park in Kolkata and Pravashpali Ekta Sangha of Ichhapur in North 24 Parganas have been working round the clock to exhibit this issue.

The Rs one lakh small car, dream of Ratan Tata and the cynosure of all eyes, has become a befitting theme as it is guaranteed to be a sure shot crowd puller with not only Bengal but the entire world divided in the never-ending debate over what should get prominence - Industrialisation or Agriculture.

The Ichhapur organisers, in their 44th edition of Durgotsav this year, have decided to display the ''Evolution of human civilisation'' from the primitive age during which farming was the only means of sustenance to the present era of Information Technology.

Secretary of the Ichhapur Durgotsav Committee Rana Ghosh said they had drawn the entire scenario based on the theme, deploying at least 16 live models, including 3 female ones, to demonstrate the subjects -- from hunting by the people of primitive age to traditional farming and lastly the industrial age.

The exhibition, covering an area of 20,000 square feet, will continue for hours together during all the five days, attracting thousands of enthusiastic crowds in the mofussil town 30 km from Kolkata.

Mr Ghosh said the models would demonstrate the ploughing of land as well as manufacturing of the car body and also display a short skit about the Singur movement.

Meanwhile, the organisers at Santosh Mitra Square in Kolkata have chosen to highlight the prevailing scenario of the state of industry in West Bengal.

The main organiser of the Puja Committee Pradip Ghosh, being a supporter of the Opposition party, chose the medium of Durga Puja to spread awareness among the people about the party's ideology which desired the cohabitation of industry and agriculture for the overall development of the state.

The exhibits at Santosh Mitra Square Puja Pandal presented a grim picture with several industrial units in the state being shown closed down, rendering lakhs of working class people jobless.

On one side of the puja pandal, the main gates of two imposing factories would be shown with huge locks and large iron chains hanging on the gates, while on the other side, another large factory could be viewed, representing Tata's small car project with a revolving replica of a Nano car, which was proudly unvelied by industrialist Ratan Tata at New Delhi in January.

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