Re­nais­sance CM

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Ma­mata Banerjee is an al­most com­i­cally pro­lific author. Each year, the book fair fea­tures sev­eral new works by her. Among the half dozen of­fer­ings this year was, in­evitably, a book on ‘Note­bandi’. The West Ben­gal CM is a pub­lished poet too. In Novem­ber, she re­leased a 32-line poem lam­bast­ing the PM for de­mon­eti­sa­tion and, in pass­ing, his au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism. Ma­mata is also a painter. But the value of her work has nose­dived. Much was made over the Rs 1.8 crore Saradha boss Sudipto Sen sup­pos­edly paid for her paint­ing. Even the PM mocked the price at ral­lies. But the En­force­ment Direc­torate has now con­firmed that the paint­ing sold for just Rs 14 lakh. What a come­down.

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