Taki: Then and Now
Situated by the river Ichhamati, Taki was a land of zamindar families. The lives of these zamindar existed from the time of the Mughals, and they served even the British.
These zamindar families helped in the development of Taki to a great extent. They were the ones to establish various educational institutions at Taki. Primary education was imparted to all students. Night-schools imparted education to the adults. With the advent of British in India, various other vocational and non-vocational schools were also established. Taki now has a number of educational institutions that serve in educating one and all. Government today has also taken various measures to increase the educational level.
Taki: Health and SanitationNot much is heard about the status of health and sanitation in Taki. But a report says that till 1862, the position of public health and medical facilities in the district was not satisfactory. People suffered from Diarrhea, Dysentery, Dengue, Typhoid, Malaria etc. Small-pox was also common. Diseases like TB, Cholera and Small-pox killed many every year. The cause of its prevalence were briefly, poverty and consequent inability to procure adequate suitable food, filthy and insanitary environments and occupation, neglect to appreciate the gravity of early symptoms, and lastly, poor physique and diminished power of resistance to disease. The district as a whole was not abnormally unhealthy.
But things have changed now. The government has established various hospitals and dispensaries, where cost of medical treatment is pretty low.
Earlier, supply of drinking water was also very unsatisfactory. Through-out the district, there was no preservation of drinking water. Water was too much polluted.
But now the municipality has left no stone unturned to change and improve the condition. They have built tube-wells, reservoirs and shallow wells across the district. Arsenic tests are also done to the ponds there.
Taki: Art and Culture
Various art forms thrived in Taki. It was the workplace of many poets like Karunamoy Basu, Kamalkumar Majumdar, Biram Mukhopadhaya and various others.
Since Taki is inhabited by different tribes many tribal cultures are evident, along with the various Hindu and Muslim cultures and festivals.
Taki today is inhabited by people of all religion, caste and creed. The society here is not that old. This place is also inhabited by different types of tribes.
Like in all other patriarchal societies in India, women do not hold a very strong position in the society. But unlike the past, child marriage, female infanticide, low levels of women education etc. are not much prevalent.
Though Taki is essentially inhabited by the Muslims, but people of all religious sects live in harmony here.
Army General Shankar RoychowdhuryThe brightest from Taki is none other than India's 18th Army General Shankar Roychowdhury. His father's name is Sunil Roychowdhury and mother's name is Manashi Roychowdhury. Though he originates from Taki, he was born and brought up in Kolkata.
Shankar Roychowdhury happens to be one of the most successful army generals. Now, after his retirement from the Indian army, he's a regular visitor to Taki, and also associated with the various development programmes there.
Painter Sudhir SarkarIn the field of painting, Sudhir Sarkar is a respected name. His father Jyotish Chandra Sarkar was a social worker. Born and brought up in Taki, Sudhir Sarkar took lessons in painting from the Govt. Art College and also Shantiniketan. Along with being a painter, he was also a very renowned teacher of his time.
Scientist Dr. Srikumar Banerjee
Dr. Srikumar Banerjee has contributed greatly in the basic research on metallurgy of zirconium and titanium based alloys and their applications in the development of thermo-mechanical treatments for processing several nuclear reactor components.
The contributions of Dr. Banerjee with regard to the development of shape memory alloys and their applications in heat shrinkable couplings are used extensively in the light combat aircraft projects.
Taki's Shining Stars