Recognized for her rendition of ‘Draupadi’ in BR Chopra’s hit tv collection Mahabharat, Roopa Ganguly- a flexible actress and a playback singer was nominated as Rajya Sabha MP by the Bharatiya Janata Celebration in October 2016.
Recipient of a number of awards together with a Nationwide Award and two BFJA Awards, Ganguly served because the President of BJP Mahila Morcha in West Bengal. In 2016 state polls, she misplaced from Howrah North to TMC counterpart and cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla. And later she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha instead of cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Daughter of partition survivors, Roopa termed the passage of the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA) and ‘Farm Invoice’ as historic for the lakhs of refugees like her and farmers in India. Talking to News18.com– Ganguly shares her journey as an actress, a politician, and as a refugee. Right here just a few excerpts from the dialog:
West Bengal will vote in 2021. Do you suppose that CAA goes to be a priority for the BJP within the upcoming elections?
The issue is after they (Congress, TMC) declare themselves as Hindus, nobody says something. However once we (BJP) say that we’re Hindus, they model us as ‘fundamentalists’. This hurts me quite a bit. I want to query those that are opposing CAA – do they actually perceive the way it feels to run away from dwelling leaving each single factor you’ve gotten. So far as CAA’s influence in Bengal is anxious, I feel the reply lies in- once we secured 18 seats within the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. Individuals need jobs and safety they usually know it’s the BJP authorities that may present them a dignified life. CAA is for individuals who entered India illegally with soiled intentions. Everyone knows in regards to the arrests made by the NIA in Bengal. It’s a harmful signal so far as our inner safety is anxious. CAA can be a non-issue and we’re definitely going to type the subsequent authorities in Bengal.
Do you suppose the passage of the Citizenship Modification Act within the parliament has fuelled concern among the many Muslim group particularly those that live in Kolkata?
Why Muslims ought to concern CAA? You inform me a single motive behind their concern. The narrative is clear- those that got here right here illegally, they’ve to return. It is so simple as that. Those that are fulfilling the factors of CAA no want to fret. They’ll stay fortunately right here. Making an inventory of minorities was felt needed as a result of it’s the Muslims who entered illegally in massive numbers in India. Particularly, within the final eight years numerous Muslims entered India illegally and most of them settled in Bengal. By this checklist, will probably be simpler to scan who’re authorized and who’re unlawful migrants. I feel CAA is a transparent and loud message to unlawful migrants to return to their international locations earlier than they could possibly be penalized as per regulation right here in India. Those that are considering that we’re deliberately attempting to harass the Muslims ought to get it clear that we aren’t in opposition to any group. We aren’t pushing again individuals within the identify of their faith. It’s a deceptive marketing campaign of the opposition events.
Do you suppose BJP will come to energy in 2021 in West Bengal and your tackle TMC chief Mamata Banerjee? Being the one girl Chief Minister in India, do you suppose she is doing an excellent job?
Definitely, we’re going to type the subsequent authorities in 2021 in Bengal, there is no such thing as a doubt about this. Individuals in Bengal confirmed immense religion in us and I’m certain they’ll vote BJP to energy in opposition to the misrule of the TMC authorities. I joined politics solely due to the misrule of TMC. From 2011 to 2013, I began following the TMC and located that they aren’t good for Bengal’s growth. TMC’s acts are in opposition to the tradition of Bengal. They do not consider in democracy and atrocities on Oppositions in Bengal are at peak. You’ll be crushed like something in Bengal for those who elevate your voice in opposition to TMC. Is it democracy? So many BJP staff had been killed, arrested, and compelled to vacate their homes out of concern. I don’t suppose individuals voted for this TMC in Bengal. No imaginative and prescient, no jobs, no industries, there’s nothing in Bengal. We face a troublesome time in combating with the TMC as a result of she is utilizing the administration in opposition to us. So far as Mamata Banerjee is anxious, I haven’t got something private about her. In some way, she had an excellent mandate however she may have carried out it effectively, she has didn’t show herself as an excellent chief for the state.
As soon as part of the Mumbai Movie Business, what’s your tackle the entire controversies surrounding Sushant Singh Rajput and NCB’s position in probing the ‘medicine hyperlink’ of a number of well-known celebrities?
I think that Sushant Singh Rajput was killed and the suicide idea is simply to suppress the information. So far as ‘drug hyperlinks’ are involved in Bollywood, I feel NCB is doing an excellent job and it’s excessive time to cleanse the trade. It is extremely disheartening the best way the Mumbai Movie trade is functioning these days. There isn’t any respect for artists. The trade is killing individuals, making them drug addicts, and insulting ladies. One must also look into the Hawala racket within the trade. As soon as this Mumbai Movie trade was our proud and other people used to get influenced by it. Now persons are studying dangerous issues from Bollywood. All of us noticed how Bihar police had been harassed by their counterpart in Mumbai – just because regulation and order is a state topic. I feel there ought to be some modification in our Structure to offer extra energy to the Centre in sustaining regulation and order in states as effectively.
Do you suppose Mukul Roy’s elevation within the BJP as vice chairman is definitely going to be a recreation changer contemplating the Meeting Polls in Bengal?
Do you’ve gotten any doubt? A couple of years again when Mukul Roy was within the TMC, he referred to as me up and wished me for becoming a member of the BJP. Then, he instructed me, if in any respect if he will get a chance (to hitch BJP) to do one thing good after which later I instructed him, come and be a part of BJP and work underneath the steering of Modi ji I feel Mukul Roy will definitely work exhausting to steer the occasion ahead and all of us collectively are going to realize fruitful leads to 2021. I’ve a number of well-wishers within the TMC and I’ve many mates who’re near Mamata Banerjee. My relations voted for her however so far as I’m involved I need to see a BJP authorities in Bengal in 2021. After that, I’ll stop politics.
In a few of your social media posts after the passage of the Citizenship Modification Act, you talked about the way you and your loved ones suffered quite a bit through the partition. Might you inform us extra about that and your tackle CAB and ‘Farm Payments’?
Oh, that was a scary night time. Throughout partition, there was a concern among the many Hindus as most of them suffered. They had been compelled to depart their home in a single material, individuals had been left with no different choices however to flee, leaving your own home, relations, every thing behind. It led to deep psychological trauma. Since partition, lakhs of refugees like us who fled Bangladesh had been residing in misery as they misplaced all hope to get their very own id. Individuals like us waited for greater than 70 years to get our personal id. No political events stood for us. It was a historic day for us when the CAA was handed within the parliament underneath the management of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi. I’m a refugee and solely those that suffered throughout these days can really feel the significance of CAA. So far as Farm Payments are involved, I feel it is a historic transfer and it will profit farmers throughout the nation. There are people who find themselves pointless attempting to create controversy however the floor realities at the moment are farmers may have their say of their produce slightly than feeling helpless earlier than the touts.
Your loved ones is amongst lakhs of refugees who got here to Bengal however later your father went again to Bangladesh after the partition. Your mom used to go to Kolkata to satisfy you in a woman’s hostel. Why did your father return to Bangladesh and why did he request you to not change his Bangladeshi passport even after the partition?
Truthfully, talking I grew to become emotional when the invoice was handed within the parliament. It was a much-needed justice for us. My father went again to Bangladesh as a result of he was into the Jute commerce. He was a businessman. He must feed us and since every thing was in Bangladesh, he determined to return to take care of the enterprise. Sadly, his associate cheated on him and later he began working as an worker in his personal manufacturing facility. Once I grew up, I spotted that aside from the commerce he was related to, he was extraordinarily emotional about his Narayangunj home in Bangladesh. On one aspect his attachment in the direction of his village in Bangladesh and on the opposite aspect steady assault on him (by the Muslims) compelled him to study the Quran. Every time he was attacked, he used to recite strains of the Quran for his security. It was a troublesome time for individuals like us. It is solely those that handed by the torture will be capable of perceive the significance of this Invoice. Once I began my profession in TV serials, I purchased a flat in Kolkata in my mom’s identify and made my father the nominee. Then, I compelled him to return again to Kolkata. He got here right here however he was ailing and handed away in February 2014. He requested me to not change my Bangladeshi passport.
After passing by a troublesome time throughout partition, particularly staying away from dad and mom in Kolkata at a younger age, how did you land within the appearing occupation?
In 1986, I received my first nationwide break within the Hindi TV collection ‘Ganadevta’. This gave me a brand new id and I used to be searched by BR Chopra’s workforce for the ‘Draupadi’ position in Mahabharat mega serial. I used to be very pleased with my work. There was no motive for me to hitch politics. However I instructed you why I entered politics. You should be stunned to know that I left 12 large tasks earlier than I joined the BJP. This wants a number of braveness. Once I joined politics, I fully left my appearing profession as a result of I really feel that one can’t be trustworthy with each areas at one time. Both you are able to do politics or you are able to do appearing.
You might be planning to stop politics in 2022. Why? What’s your future plan?
So far as my future plans are involved, I’m going to stop politics in 2022 after BJP will type the federal government in Bengal in 2021. That’s my dream to see BJP in energy in Bengal. I’m not the form of one who is hungry for posts or chairs. In all places on the earth, people who find themselves from completely different fraternities come to serve individuals for a while and return to their respective fields. I haven’t got any political ambitions. My dream is barely to see the BJP authorities in Bengal. I’ve carried out sufficient in my life. After retiring from politics, I’ve determined to commit myself to social work, singing, farming, and writing books.