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Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lamented that the inclusive India of the yesteryear has been lost in BJP’s regime and India of today is altogether different.

“These days we function under lots of threats: the old India is lost, this is a different India,” she said speaking at the state level Teachers’ Day celebration at Netaji Indoor Stadium in the city today 5 September.

Banerjee said that in this hour of crisis, the teacher fraternity should show the path to the country. “Teachers always guide the society and show the path in darkness. Let our teaching fraternity raise the voice against the move to alter the Constitution.”

The Chief Minister said that notwithstanding financial constraints, her government has been trying to do whatever is possible for the teachers. It is only Bengal that still gives pension and gratuity to teachers; other states have stopped this, she maintained.

“Yet, please give us suggestions on how to do better. Do criticise us if we commit mistakes. But please don’t get misled by the divisive forces that promise something and practice something else,” the Chief Minister urged.

Banerjee today handed over awards to several teachers for the performance. Among the recipients of ‘Shiksha Ratna’ awardees was Jadavpur University teacher Omprakash Mishra. Mishra joined the Trinamool yesterday.