Leaving behind Copenhagen’s cobbled streets, central station to join my Danish friend on the trip back. Harisadhan Mukherjee’s Murderer Who? published in Bharati in April 1890 initiated the trend of adult detective fiction which matured in Sarat Sarkar’s Goyenda Kahini series (1894-98) If Sharadindu writing 34 years later had insisted on presenting the sleuth as a family man he might have been influenced by the investigators Debendra Bijay Mitra and Arindam Basu created by Panchkari Dey If Saralabala Dashi Sarkar earned the distinction of being the first Indian woman detective-fiction writer the Nandan Kanan Magazine published from Calcutta from 1902 onwards was the first Indian crime-writing periodical In it were published episodes of adventures of the anglicised Robert Blake created by Dinendra Kumar Roy and the investigations of Jayanta and Manik and Hemanta and Robin conceived by Hemendra Kumar Roy Shashadhar Dutta through his humane highwayman Mohon explored the concept of the criminal as sleuth while Nihar Ranjan Gupta’s Kiriti Roy and his accomplice Subrata were not very different from the palpably Eurocentric Blake Jayanta and Samarendranath Pandey’s Deepak Chatterjee — the omnipotent and omnipresent suit-and-hat-clad detective But not a single one of these fictional private investigators could match the extraordinary charisma of the exceptionally ordinary Bakshy Perhaps subaltern Indian readers did not want to be represented by individuals who closely resembled the English colonisers or imitated them Satyajit Ray’s Feluda — Prodosh Chandra Mitra — appeared in 35 stories between 1965 and 1996 and has generated seven films but his adventures have failed to find favour with general readers and audiences What makes Dibakar’s film notable is his attempt to Indianise and universalise an investigator who has been generally viewed as quintessentially Bengali Sharadindu admittedly tried to project his truth-seeker as an exceptionally brilliant Indian who lived in colonial times but helped British-Indian policemen apprehend criminals rather than seeking help from them — a supposition explored and justified in numerous Western detective stories In postmodern India imperialism might be a thing of the past but the irresistible appeal of an extraordinarily ordinary investigator has made the film an immediate hit The writer assistant professor of English at Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University is author of ‘The Manichean Investigators: A Postcolonial And Cultural Rereading Of The Sherlock Holmes And Byomkesh Bakshi Stories’ editpage@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsRampur UP: Amid ongoing row over birth anniversary celebration of Tipu Sultan Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring back a ring of the 18th century Mysore ruler from London which he claimed bore the name of Lord Rama The SP leader asked the prime minister to bring the ring which he claimed is "preserved in Britain’s museum" and show it to "those BJP activists who have been launching anti-Tipu Sultan stir" Azam Khan Ibnlive Modi is on a three-day tour to Britain Azam said the ring is of "utmost historic value" The Samajwadi Party leader also asked the Prime Minister to bring home the Kohinoor diamond "PM is going to dine with Queen (Elizabeth II) who wears Kohinoor fitted crown Will Modiji ask her to return the precious diamond to India" he asked Supporting the retired army personnel who are returning their medals the UP minister said "Modi celebrated Diwali with army men on duty but he would have done justice had he observed the festival with the retired army personnel by conceding to their OROP demand" He took a dig at the Central Government for hiking foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in at least 15 key-sectors "PM has every inclination to patronise FDI but the hidden agenda of Narendra bhai is to ensure smooth progress of capitalists like Adani" he said PTI Jammu: Undeterred by criticism over the implementation of a rule to bar all student outfits with political links on the campus Jammu University Vice Chancellor RD Sharma denied allegations that ABVP has been banned from entering the varsity’s campus saying it has not been singled out File image of ABVP supporters AFP "ABVP has not been singled out and all student outfits with political links have been barred We have implemented rules of Jammu University They were not framed by me but existed much before me" Sharma told PTI "It is meant for all the student organisations affiliated with political bodies which are not permitted to organise their institutional functions at the campus This is the rule" he said Denying allegations of BJP and AVBP that the student panel’s activities have been banned he said "It is totally wrong to project that their activities have been banned There is no question of enforcing any ban" Hitting out at ABVP he said "These just false stories No other organisation (belonging to other political parties) has protested They have cooperated with the university’s administration" "Initially some of them had sought permission for some function but we denied and told them that it is the rule Some organisation may have got it in the past due to some unholy bargaining Whatever is rule we will go by it" he said "We never discourage student organisations from taking up welfare activities on our campus but they need to be done as per university norms A number of welfare activities are conducted on our campus through the year" he added BJP state president Sat Sharma contradicted the VC by saying they must not be disallowed from holding welfare events and blood donation camps as these are not political activities He termed the barring of ABVP from campus as unfortunate and said they are prevented from holding events on the campus giving the impression that these activities are being conducted with a political motive New Delhi: Congress on Monday slammed as "reprehensible" yoga guru Ramdev Baba’s remarks that he would have "beheaded" those who refuse to chant "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" were it not for the law of the land and saw a "deliberate" agenda of BJP and RSS behind it "The ruling party is trying to shift attention away from policy issues and incidents like continuing of farmers and drought through such remarks one after another.BJP and RSS have a deliberate agenda of dividing the society by having such provocative statements made by people like Ramdev Niranjan Jyoti or BJP’s friend Asaduddin Owaisi.We reject it with the contempt it deserves" party’s Communication department chief Randeep Surjewala toldreporters here Ramdev Baba File photo PTI Noting that Ramdev considers himself a yoga and spiritual guru Surjewala said that to make a statement about beheading people is a "complete" negation of both yoga and spiritualism "It is reprehensible and condemnable" he said Slamming the call for "violent action and public intimidation" Congress spokesman Sanjay Jha said Prime Minister Narendra Modi must take action against Ramdev Ramdev’s outburst came against the backdrop of AIMIM chief Owaisi’s recent remarks that he will not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ even if a knife is put to his throat By: IANS | Chennai | Published: July 16 2015 3:09 pm Illayaraja sir will be composing the background score says M Manikandan Related News Maestro Illayaraja will compose the background score of “Kaaka Muttai” fame director M Manikandan’s upcoming Tamil crime-thriller “Kutrame Dhandanai” which is currently in its post-production phase “Illayaraja sir will be composing the background score He is currently busy with another project and as soon as he’s done with it he will start working on our film” Manikandan told IANS The film was earlier titled “Kutramum Dhandanayum” “We changed it to ‘Kutrame Dhandanai’ as Illayaraja sir felt it was more suitable” he said The film which features Vidharth and Pooja Devariya in the lead will feature no songs “If your story is engaging enough I don’t see the need to include songs in a film I came to this conclusion based on the feedback I received from audiences who felt songs broke the narrative in recent Tamil films” Manikandan said For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published: November 24 2016 9:10 am Traders have been trying various ways to cushion the blow including a reduction on discounts Top News Many of them dealing with plastic money for the first time small traders of Chandigarh plan to request the Reserve Bank of India to lower bank charges on such transactions from the current 2 per cent to a minimum 05 per cent Watch What Else Is Making News It is the trader who has to pay the 2 per cent bank charge on every transaction through a point-of-sale machine Many outlets that have newly started using these machines since demonetisation however have been passing that burden on to the customer charging 2 per cent extra on the actual sale amount Other small traders have noted that machine transactions leave them with little profit and taken up the matter with the traders body Chandigarh Beopar Mandal which will submit a representation this week to the Reserve Bank of India “Small traders are left with no profit if they pay the bank charge” said Beopar Mandal president Anil Vohra “So we will request the RBI that the bank charge be brought down to 05 per cent” Beopar Mandal chairman Charanjiv Singh said bank charges in other countries were very nominal Until then traders have been trying various ways to cushion the blow including a reduction on discounts “For example if I offer a discount of 10 per cent and I know I will be left with very little profit if the customer pays by card I tell my customer I will offer him an 8 per cent discount In the end it is the customer who is at loss”said Radhe Lal a trader in beauty products calling for a reduction in bank charge For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by SushantKulkarni | Published: September 2 2012 4:16 am Related News The State Highway Police (SHP) has said that repeated remindersseeking improvements at 19 accident prone “black spots” on the 94-km Pune-Mumbai Expresswayhave failed to elicit any response from Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) which looks after the expressway The SHP also said the Corporation has not taken up any major work on the expressway in the last two years Though most of the accidents are caused by human errorpolice said the majority is caused due to bad road condition and the number can be significantly brought down The Yashwantrao Chavan Expresswaywhich connects Pune and Mumbaihas witnessed more than 680 deaths in more than around 10000 small and major accidents since 2005 More than 2000 persons have been seriously injured in these mishaps Since the last five yearsthe number of deaths in a year has never been below 100 In the last eight months of this yearas many as 76 persons have lost their lives The highway is manned by Pune and Thane divisions of SHP The police have identified as many as 19 “very accident prone spots” which they describe as black spots and have been writing to the MSRDC about improvements needed at these spots SHP superintendent of police Dilip Bhujbal told Newsline”The contract of operations and maintenance has been given to the IRB (Ideal Road Builders) by the MSRDC But it must not forget its responsibility It is unfortunate that changes that will save many lives are not being implemented on priority basis” Bhujbal added”We have suggested that at some of the spotsslope and inclination of the road need to be changed At some spotsprotective walls need to be put up and at some safety fencing needs repair” Of the 19 black spotsat least five are ‘exit points’ from which connecting roads to some of the towns emanate Cops have a list of improvements that are urgently needed at these exit points MSRDC superintending engineer Arun Deodhar said”As far as I knowwe have started work on most of the suggestions made by the police” But he refused to comment further Senior police officers with individual highway divisions known as taps said no work has started at any of the 19 spots Bhujbal said”It has been observed that in the four months of rainy season the number of accidents is more” Hehoweversaid number fatalities depends on individual cases and no specific pattern has been observed For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 4 2012 12:31 am Related News The Chandigarh Territorial Janata Dal (U)Chandigarhlaunched a signature campaign on Wednesday to gather support for its mass movement for elevation of Chandigarh as a state Surinder BhardwajJD(U) city unit chiefsaid the party would continue the campaign at all important locations in Chandigarh and adjoining areas He said the signatures would be handed over to President Pranab Mukherjee Around 1000 people participated in the campaign The other demands of the party include removal of the Punjab governor as the UT Administratorsetting up of state boundary commission to demarcate 50 km area surrounding Chandigarhincluding KuraliBanurRajpuraPanchkula and Pinjoreamong others falling in PunjabHaryana and Himachal Pradesh They also demand separate Public Service CommissionSubordinate Service Selection Board and Civil Service Cadre to provide jobs to youngsters of Chandigarhand time scale promotion to the Chandigarh cadre employees as per the policy of other states For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: November 20 2013 5:29 am Related News Stuti shuklaAlison Saldanha A staggering 23942 incidents of fire and 57192 other rescue calls from across the city over the past five years kept the Mumbai Fire Brigade (MFB) on its toes Togetherthese have claimed 1281 livesof which over 150 were lost due to fire breakouts alone From rescuing birds to being involved in firefighting and rescue operations during a terror attackthe Fire Brigade is amongst the first responders in a variety of disasters Moreoverthe increasing vertical development of the cityslum pockets getting denser by the daycramped market placesand a perennially choked road network has hampered effective firefighting of this uniformed force Despite being equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and a 2478-person strong forcea number of internal and external factors ail the 125-year-old Fire Brigadea wing of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) While fire officials admit laxity on the part of the departmentthey also blame builder and citizen apathy for the inadequate fire preparedness of the city Alsopoor management of fire records has led to limited research and development within the department over the years Till December 2008the MFB trained its guns on only highrises in the city and inspected these based on the provisions of the Development Control Rules of 1991Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Act of 1966 and the National Building Code of 2005 Howeveronce the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act of 2006 came into effect in December 2008the scope of fire safety and enforcement was expanded to all structures in Maharashtra at large Since thenas per the guidelines of the Actthe Fire Brigade has begun mandatory inspections of all properties within the limits of Mumbai We have estimated that there are roughly 297 lakh properties that require inspection It will take us some time to complete this task So on a priority basiswe have begun inspecting highrise buildingshigh footfall buildings such as mallsresidential buildingsschoolsand hospitals? 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