‘Britain and business’ doesn’t trip off the tongue as easily as ‘bangers and mash’, while, let’s just say, ‘luchi-alur dom’ has delivered every time that ‘Bengal-business’ hasn’t. But the two former symbiotic entities – one veritably lived off the other through the 18th-19th centuries, while the other still lives off those wonderfully archived memories – need a makeover, and not just of image. Brexit Britain seems rather spare on the shopfront, even as Johnson was photo-opped at the factory of British bulldozer manufacturernear Vadodara – at a time when many leaders wouldn’t be caught bulldozing in India.
The Right Honourable Banerjee’s Bengal has not Indexed – exited India – yet. But she is proudly advertising the fact that ‘investment proposals received’ at the Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata this week ‘aggregated to ₹3,42,375 crore’ with a ‘potential new employment’ of 40 lakh. MoU power to Bengal, and gee biz to Britain. The future of this B2B endeavour looks, well, twee.