Envoys on a mission

French ambassador Alexandre Ziegler confers the insignia of the Knight of the Order of Academic Palms on Basabi Pal, the head of the French department at Chandernagore Government College, at Taj Bengal on Thursday for her “outstanding contribution” towards the promotion of French language in her three decades of service. Pal appealed for the preservation of the built heritage of Chandernagore and the promotion of French language at the school level in Bengal. Picture by Pradip Sanyal

  • Published 19.08.16
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French ambassador Alexandre Ziegler confers the insignia of the Knight of the Order of Academic Palms on Basabi Pal, the head of the French department at Chandernagore Government College, at Taj Bengal on Thursday for her “outstanding contribution” towards the promotion of French language in her three decades of service. Pal appealed for the preservation of the built heritage of Chandernagore and the promotion of French language at the school level in Bengal. Picture by Pradip Sanyal

US consul-general Craig L. Hall at La Martiniere for Girls on Thursday morning to interact with students of classes XI and XII on democracy and the upcoming presidential elections in his country. “One of the keys to the relationship (between India and America) is our two countries’ shared commitment to democracy. Don’t ever take liberty for granted. The seemingly simple belief that a country’s sovereignty rests on its citizens is an idea so powerful that it has done more to change the course of history, to ensure peace and stability, to create wealth and to raise the standard of living than any other political system in the history of the world,” Hall said. The envoy, who spoke about the evolution of voting rights in the US, asked the students to use his talk on American democracy to think about Indian democracy. “As citizens of a democracy I invite you to think with me this morning about democracy and about what it takes to ensure and extend democracy. And in particular I invite you to think about a key component of democracy, and that is elections. Elections don’t equal democracy but without elections there is no democracy,” said Hall. At the beginning of the season, school principal Rupkatha Sarkar (seated next to Hall) expressed the hope that the discussion would give the students an insight into the democratic process of elections. Vice-principal Swarna Joshua and Prasenjit Gupta, the political and economic affairs consul, US consulate general, were on the dais. Picture by B. Halder

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