Mamata’s Daily Mantra

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This is Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee’s prescription for a perfect start to a day: chant ‘Maa, Mati, Manush’ six times after getting out of bed every morning! Addressing the 18th Karmachari Sabha (office-bearers meet) of her party recently, Mamata told the 10,000 strong crowd to chant ‘Maa, Mati, Manush Zindabad’ and ‘Maa, Mati, Manush Dhonyobad’ three times in the morning to have a perfect day. ‘Maa, Mati, Manush’, loosely translated, means ‘Mother, Land and People’. The slogan was adopted by Mamata from a hugely successful Bengali play of the same name in the mid-1970s. Trinamool members at the weekend meet were amused by her exhortation, but kept silent because the lady followed her missive with further advice: “Before you say anything foolish, think twice.”