For the Bengali, there is no cultural icon larger than Rabindranath Tagore. On his 150th anniversary, the celebration of the genius of Tagore is acquiring a political syntax as well, thanks to the ambition of Mamata Banerjee.
The Railways Minister is using the the opportunity to woo the West Bengal voter ahead of the critical 2011 assembly elections.
The railways put out full page advertisements in leading national dailies to publicise the Sanskriti Express, a mobile exhibition showcasing the life and work of Tagore. The special train will have Tagore's rare photographs,
literature and paintings spread out over five coaches.
It's another matter that the train left well behind its scheduled time, despite being flagged off by Mamata herself on Saturday.
Full report here Hindustan Times