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Ranu Mondal

Ranu Mondal: Journey from railway platform to singing studio

This is the era of social media.  If a person has talent, nothing can stop him or her to earn name and fame.   Social media play an important role to bring out the talent and skill of any person before the world.  The power of social media is such that it can make an ordinary person a big celebrity.  Such is the story of Ranu Mondal.

Ranu Mondal was once a helpless woman and was earning her living by singing at a railway station.  Then a video of her singing an old song went viral on social media and she became a star overnight.

The life of Ranu Mondal is no less than a fairytale.  The 59 years old woman belongs to Ranaghat, West Bengal.  In her 20s, she would sing in a local orchestra club.  The audience called her Ranu Bobby after her performance in singing the song from a superhit Hindi movie Bobby.  In this way, she would earn some money.  However, she was forced to leave singing as no family member supported her musical skill.

Later on, she was married to Babul Mondal.  After the marriage, the couple shifted to Mumbai.  In an unfortunate incident, her husband expired and she returned to her village Ranaghat.


Ranu was living in extreme poverty.  She has also one daughter.  Life of duo got worsened.  A desperate Ranu started singing old Hindi songs at Ranaghat station and in return, people would offer her some food or money.

Her daughter disliked her singing at the railway station.  She left her mother and didn’t contact her for 10 years.  Ranu was leading a life of a beggar.  Only then a software engineer Atindra Chakraborty entered her life and made her destiny.  He noticed Ranu’s melodious voice.  Atindra made a video recording of her song and posted on his Facebook account.  In the video, she is seen singing the evergreen song “Ek pyar ka nagma hai”, originally played by famous vocalist Lata Mangeshkar.


Atindra with Ranu | Image: Janbharattimes

Very soon, the video went viral on many social media platforms and her voice was appreciated by common people and big celebrities.  Knowing her singing talent, Sony Entertainment TV Channel invited her to ‘Superstar Singer’ reality show.  She impressed everyone present in the show with her mellifluous voice.


Himesh Reshammiya, the famous Bollywood singer proved to be a second destiny maker for Ranu.  He offered her for a song in his upcoming movie ‘Happy Hardy Heer’.  Himesh soon recorded a song ‘Teri Meri Kahani which also became much popular on social media.




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Today, Ranu has become a singing star.  She has got offers for songs from several music directors and contracts for musical concerts.  After Ranu’s popularity, her daughter has returned to her and the affectionate Ranu has wholeheartedly embraced her daughter.


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Ranu’s talent is beyond explanation.  Such talent is rarely seen.  Credit also goes to Atindra Chakraborty and Himesh Reshammiya who noticed her charismatic voice and made the way of success for her.  Had her family supported Ranu’s singing skill, she would have become a renowned vocalist much earlier.  However, it is said that everything happens at the time fixed by destiny and Ranu’s good time has come now.


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Abrogation of Article 370 and future of Jammu & Kashmir

Abrogation of Article 370 and future of Jammu & Kashmir

The Indian government made a historic decision on August 5, 2019.  By scrapping most of the provisions of Article 370 of the Indian constitution, it bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two different Union Territories – Jammu-Kashmir and Laddakh.

Jammu & Kashmir is worldwide famous as paradise on the earth.  Before the bifurcation of the region, it consisted of three major regions i.e. Jammu, Kashmir and Laddakh.

Jammu, known as winter capital, is a pilgrimage of the holy shrine of Amarnath. Kashmir is blessed with the beauty of landscapes, Himalayan valleys and snow greenery. Laddakh – Little Tibet of India, is renowned for its mountain beauty, Buddhist culture and monasteries.

When Jammu & Kashmir became a part of India, special status was granted to the state by the virtue of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Through this status, the state was allowed to function through separate laws. Our leaders expected that by giving extra autonomy, the state would flourish and people would lead a happy and prosperous life.

Unfortunately, it could not so happen. The long period of seven decades is enough to decide the fate of the state. In these years, the state had to face the curse of unrest, protest, violence and blood. Jammu & Kashmir could not develop so much as compared to other states of the country.


The state of Jammu & Kashmir always remained a trouble spot. It cost heavily to the country as well in the form of money. The government had to deploy extreme security to maintain normalcy in the region. About, one-fourth of defence budget was expended for the state.

Some countrymen demanded the revocation of Article 370 and 35A granted to Jammu & Kashmir. In their opinion, the extra autonomy was one of the main reasons for the dismal condition of the state.

Now, the Government of India has made Article 370 and 35A inoperative by the Presidential order. Jammu & Kashmir and Laddakh have been made two different Union Territories.

The natural beauty of Kashmir | Image courtesy: Steemit

There are several positive impacts of removal of Article 370. First of all, it gives the feeling of “One Nation, One Citizen”. Now we can say with proud that our country is governed by a single constitution.

The revocation of Article 370 is also beneficial for Jammu & Kashmir. The fundamental rights granted under Part 3 of our constitution will now be applicable in the new Union Territory. Besides, the right to education will be applicable that ensures the growth in the region. Business entrepreneurs will be attracted to invest in different fields. New industries and infrastructures will be set up. There will be a substantial increase in employment. All these factors will be helpful to eradicate poverty and Jammu & Kashmir can become the Switzerland of India.


However, it would be wrong to think that the situation in Jammu & Kashmir would change in one night. It would take some more time to emend the plights of people who have suffered for more than 70 years. It is the responsibility of the whole nation to co-operate with the government and not spread any rumour or fake news about the situation in the region.


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