Expressindia » In ruins, Kolkata’s library pins hope on President’s visit
Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay Posted online: Monday , June 09, 2008 at 01:37:05 Kolkata, June 8
Two weeks before President Pratibha Patil’s scheduled visit to Uttarpara Jaikrishna Public Library in Kolkata where a function will be held to marks 150 years of its coming into existence, the heritage building lies in a dilapidated state...
The history of the library is replete with associations of great men. Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar, Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Reverend James Long, Swami Vivekanand, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bidhan Chandra Roy, are just a few of the great men who paid visits here and even used it for references.
Scholars like late Nihar Ran Ray and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen also used it for reference purposes. While poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt and his wife Henrietta spent their last days at the guest house of the library, its premises was used to felicitate Aurobindo Ghosh in 1909 after he was acquitted in the Manicktala conspiracy case. At the same historic rally, Ghosh announced his renunciation from politics and turned to spiritualism.