While addressing the NRC-Jagaran Abhiyan in Kolkata at the Netaji Indoor Stadium, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah on Tuesday spoke on numerous subjects like NRC, abrogation fo Article 370 and others. While speaking about the specialty of Bengal, the Home Minister said, "The current situation of Bengal is worrisome. There was a time when asked where does excellent literature come from? The answers used to be Bengal. When asked where can one listen to excellent music? The answers used to be Bengal. There was a time when in the nation the highest number of scientists were found in Bengal. There was a time when one asked about wanting to awaken religious and spiritual consciousness, it used to be Bengal."
Sharing his thoughts about the various famous laureates and spiritual leaders, Shah said, "Be it Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Vivekanand, Pranavananda, or Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, devotional movements used to come from Bengal." The Home Minister went ahead to question where has the talent in Bengal disappeared to and asked, "Where has the Bengali literature, music, and spirituality gone? Is this why we removed the Communist people? Did the people of Bengal remove the communist people just to see this day? What is the situation of Bengal today?"
Reminding the people about the position of Bengal during independence, Amit Shah said, "During independence, the total industrial production from Bengal was 27% which has now been reduced to 3.3%. 28.9% of industrial employment used to be from Bengal which is 4.2% today. The total amount of production of medicine in Bengal was 70%t which has lowered to more than 6% today. Was this the imagination of a golden Bengal? You have given Congress a chance, Communist party a chance and even Trinamool Congress a chance. Give one chance to BJP, we will create a golden Bengal. Tagore is not only of Bengal but the world takes inspiration from him."