The Hazy Future of Our Queen Bees


The Hazy Future of Our Queen Bees

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza


t’s 2011 in Kolkata. All around me there’s a furious buzzing about the upcoming state elections, and every day in college I’m asked, “Kake vote debe? Didi na Dada?” (Who will you vote for, Sister or Brother?) There’s a lot of optimism in the air. No, nobody is entirely convinced by Mamata Banerjee’s promise of poriborton, but they are fed up of the 34-year reign of “Dada”, the Left front in Bengal.

Everyone also seems to find it heartening to see a “self-made” woman make it to the front lines of our political system without a male patron.