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Firhad Hakim elected as first Muslim mayor of Kolkata since Independence

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  1. Sherlōck High Functioning Sociopath

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    After being elected the 29th mayor of the city since Independence, Hakim said he should be known by his work and not by his religion and spelt out various development initiatives.

    Securing 121 votes in the 144-member Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), West Bengal minister Firhad Hakim on Monday became the first Muslim since independence to be elected as the Kolkata mayor. Hakim won the mayoral election in the state, while BJP's Meena Devi Purohit bagged five votes. Twelve Left Front and two Congress councillors had boycotted the election.

    The civic body's municipal secretary Harihar Prasad Mondal had announced the result of the election, which was conducted through secret ballots.

    It was necessitated following the resignation of Sovan Chatterjee from the post on November 22.

    Hakim, who also holds the portfolio of municipal affairs, said his victory was also a "moral defeat" for the BJP.

    After being elected the 29th mayor of the city since Independence, Hakim said he should be known by his work and not by his religion and spelt out various development initiatives.

    "I will work for the development and beautification of the city. I will work towards making the city pollution-free," he said.

    Hakim said the people would get tax rebates if they took up efforts to plant trees in their houses. He also stressed on waste management and recycling to keep the city clean.

    Announcing a WhatsApp number, the new mayor also asked the citizens to inform about their problems and come up with suggestions to improve the municipal services.

    Steps would be taken to ensure that there is no waterlogging in the city during heavy rainfall, he said.

    Last week, CPI(M) councillor Bilquis Begum had moved the Calcutta High Court challenging Hakim's candidature in the mayoral polls on the ground that he was not a councillor from any ward of the civic body.

    The high court had refused to stay the election on Friday.

    Hakim was chosen as the mayor designate by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) councillors on November 22 in the presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

    The TMC has 122 seats in the KMC House, the Left Front 14, the BJP five, the Congress two, while one seat is vacant. One TMC councillor gave the election a miss due to ill-health, sources said.

     
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    I thought the region is predominantly muslim tbh.

    It close to Bengal right?
     
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    Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal.

    "East" Bengal is of course now the independent (Muslim) country of Bangladesh.

    I assume the reason WB didn't follow Bangladesh out of India is that they're not Muslim majority. Wiki says they're 70% Hindu and 27% Muslim.
     
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    More trivia is that Kolkata is the third-largest city in India and, very importantly, was the headquarters of the British East India Company 1690-1858 and then the formal capital of British India from 1858 to 1911. The British administration residing in the former Mughal capital of Delhi was a relatively last-minute decision, it seems.

    For that reason I assume a lot of early European stereotypes about India are based on conditions in Bengal. E.g. when we spontaneously think about "Indian food", "Indian clothing", "Indian architecture" etc. it probably means Bengali food, Bengali clothing, and Bengali architecture. Because that's what the British would have seen the most of in their daily lives.

    I'm therefore tempted to say that Kolkata is the "Indian Guangzhou" and (West) Bengal the "Indian Guangdong".
     
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    It's also the setting of this racist song from 1998, which was a smash hit in Sweden at the time. (Back then India wasn't a great power and there were very few Indians in Scandinavia, so nobody worried about offending them)

     
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