Ashoknagar, North 24 Parganas

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Ashokenagar
অশোকনগর
Ashokenagar
City
Ashokenagar is located in West Bengal
Ashokenagar
Ashokenagar
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 22°49′59″N 88°37′59″E / 22.833°N 88.633°E / 22.833; 88.633Coordinates: 22°49′59″N 88°37′59″E / 22.833°N 88.633°E / 22.833; 88.633
Country  India
State West Bengal
District North 24 Parganas
Government
 • Municipality Chairman Samir Dutta[1]
 • MLA Dhiman Roy
Population (2011)
 • Total 123,906
Languages
 • Official BengaliEnglish
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 743222
Telephone code (std_code) 03216
Lok Sabha constituency Barasat
Vidhan Sabha constituency Ashoknagar
Website www.habralocal.com

Ashokenagar ( Bengali:অশোকনগর) is a city and a municipality under Ashoknagar police station of Barasat sadar subdivision[2] in North 24 Parganas district in the state of West Bengal, India.

Ashokenagar has a heritage of political consciousness, education and cultural movements. Ashokenagar Kalyangarh was planned by Dr. B.C Roy. Principal architects of Ashokenagar Kalyanagarh were late Congress leader Tarun Kanti Ghosh, late congress leader Keshab Bhattacharjee, late CPI leader Sadhan Sen and late CPI(M) leader Nani Kar.

The area has two parks - Sanghati Park and Millennium Science Park. It has a degree college, two hospitals, several high schools, an engineering and management institution, two community halls, a stadium, a picnic garden, a swimming pool and two multi gyms. There are two English medium schools in Ashokenagar. The area is connected to Kolkata through rail and road networks.

Some of the schools of the locality include Ashokenagar Banipith Girls' High School, Ashokenagar Adarsha Valika Vidyalaya, Ashokenagar Boys' Secondary School, Kalyangarh Vidyamandir for Boys, Kalyangarh Valika Vidyalaya.

Ashokenagar has the Kalyani Spinning Mill. It previously had a unit of RIC and a chemicals factory both of which were closed down by the state government.

History[edit]

In the British period it was a Royal Air Force(RAF) station, an airfield. It played host to airlines, and three hangars of the RAF still stand. After Independence Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, the then CM of West Bengal developed that airfield to a planned city. Formerly this place was known as "Habra Urbun Colony". Later it was named "Ashokenagar".

Geography[edit]

Ashokenagar is located at 22°49′59″N 88°37′59″E / 22.833°N 88.633°E / 22.833; 88.633.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[3] Ashokenagar Kalyangarh had a population of 123,906. Males constitute 62,554 of the population and females 61,352. The 0–6 years population was 8,885. Ashokenagar Kalyangarh had an average literacy rate of 92.45%.

Education[edit]

It has a very high literacy rate (96.3% according to census 2011).[citation needed] There are high schools for girls and boys, and a large number of primary schools (government and private).

Schools[edit]

WBCHSE affiliated schools:

      *Ashokenagar Boys' Secondary School
      *Ashokenagar Banipith Girls School
      *Ashokenagar Adarsha Balika Vidyalaya
      *Kalayangarh Vidya Mandir
      *Kalitala Bani Mandir High School
      *Kalayangarh Balika Vidyapith
      *Ashokenagar Vidyasagar Bani Bhawan
      *Ashokenagar Vivekananda Vidyalaya
      *Kamala Nehru Balika Vidyalay
      *Ma Saradamoni Balika Vidyalaya
      *Ashokenagar High School
      *Kalyangarh Bidhan Vidyapith
      *Haripur Sanaskrita Sangha Uchha Vidyalaya
      *Haripur Sanaskrita Sangha Balika      Vidyalaya
      *Sendanga Chaturdash Palli High School

College[edit]

Transport[edit]

It is 41 kilometres (25 mi) from Sealdah Station and 23 km from Barasat on the Sealdah-Bangaon branch line of Eastern Railway.[4] It is part of the Kolkata Suburban Railway system. Ashoknagar Road is directly connected on NH 35 (Jessore Road).

Buses from Habra Bus Terminal are directly connected to Naihati, Maslandapur, Madhyamgram, Bangaon, Barasat, Nagarukhra, Kalyani, Basirhat, Kolkata, Bagdah, Chakdah, Bagjola, Digha, Durgapur, Bandel, Baruipur, Howrah, krishnanagar, Barasat, Alampur, Dattaphulia, Nimta, Sodepur, Duttapukur, Jagulia. Ashoknagar Bypass Road is directly connected on NH 35 (Jessore Road) & NH 34 (Kolkata to Siliguri).

Politics[edit]

Ashokenagar was a bastion of Left politics till it was rocked by the Singur-Nandigram storm. The area was witness to the food movements of 1959 and 1966, refugee, students' and teachers' movements kept the locality politically vibrant till 1977. When the assembly segment was created for the first time in 1967, it was won by Dr. Sadhan Sen of the CPI. He held the seat in 1969 and 1971 also.Satyasebi Kar of CPI(M) won the Ashoknagar assembly seat in 2006 defeating Dhiman Roy of AITC.

In 2001, Sharmistha Dutta of CPI(M) defeated Ashok Krishna Dutta of AITC. After the sudden death of Nirod Roy Choudhury, Mr. Badal Bhattacharjee of BJP defeated the CPIM candidate by the big support of Trinomool Congress in 1998. In 1996, Nirod Roy Choudhury of CPI(M) defeated Dhiman Roy of INC. Dhiman Roy of AITC defeated Satyasebi Kar of CPIM in 2011 assembly election by huge margin. Nani Kar of CPI(M) defeated Keshab Chandra Bhattachatjee of INC/Ind in 1991, 1987, 1982 and 1977.

The municipality was run by the Left Front till 2010 when it suffered a huge setback winning just 2 of the 22 seats. Both seats were won by the CPI-M while CPI and FB drew a blank. Former chairperson of AKM was Mrs. Sarmistha Dutta. Now Mr. Samir Dutta of TMC is Chairman of Ashoknagar Kalyangarh Municipality(22.06.10). In 2005, the first human rights organization came into this area, known as CPDR Ashoknagar Branch by the initiative of social worker Shri Shyamal Kumar Shome(Chandan Shome). He is also North 24 Parganas district working president of the organization.

Sports[edit]

Ashokenagar Premier League T20

APLT20 logo
Nabin Sangha Rockers, Champion of APLT20 Season one

The first season of APLT20 cricket tournament consisted of seven teams and 46 matches on five grounds. All the matches of APL followed the internationally recognized rules of T-20 cricket made by the ICC. The event was held over two months. The organizing committee website is at [1].

APLT20 began on 9 November 2010 with a charitable match between players from all the teams and ex cricketer’s of Ashokenagar. That day, books, dresses and food packets were be distributed among poor needy children from different schools.

The group league matches started from 20 November. Four teams 'Nabin Sangha Rockers', 'Bush Rangers', 'Challenger Express', 'Royal Warriors' entered into the semifinals after completion of the group League Matches. Nabin Sangha Rockers and Challenger Express entered into the final beating Royal Warriors and Bush Rangers respectively.This was the first time in Habra-Ashokenagar region that a T20 final was played at night in presence of thousand of spectators.

Nabin Sangha Rockers beat Challenger Express in the final by three wickets to win the APLT20 champion trophy.

Non Government Organization[edit]

Culture[edit]

Ashokenagar has a rich cultural history. Footballer Samaresh Chowdhury (Pintu Chowdhury) and athlete Tarit belong to Ashokenagar.

Ashokenagar is known for big Durga Pujas as well as the Kali Puja venues. Kalyangarh region is known for its Jagaddhatri Puja. Some of the clubs that celebrate Durga Puja on a large scale are Bharati Sangha, 3 No. Mitali Sangha, Nayasamaj, Balaka Sangha (A.G.Colony), Agradoot Sangha (4 No.), A.P.A., Broti Sangha, Pancher Pally, Kendrio Durgoutsav Committee (1/3 More), Rabindra Sangha, 3 No. Scheme Odibasi Brindro (Vivekananda Club), Pally Sangha, Surhid Sangha, Milan Sangha, Ashoknagar Madhhya Pally(Netaji Subhas Sanga), Sakti Shadhana Club,Kalpataru seba sangha(kankpul),Nabarun Sangha, Agni Bina Club, Banitirtha Club, Sisutirtha Club, Shanti Maitre Sangha.(Kankpul 19 No.), Seemanta para Sarbojonin (Netaji sangha),Ashoknagar Bandhab Samiti, Janakalyan Shaba, Sabuj Sangha and Tarun Sanga Kalyangarh 6No.

Some of the clubs that celebrate Kali Puja on a large scale are Sanghashri Club, Agradoot Club (8 No.), Bhangagora Club, Balaka Sangha (A.G.Colony), Balok Brinda Puja Committee (Kankpul 19 No.), and Pancher Pally. Some small Kali Pujas are celebrated.

Some of the clubs that celebrate Jagadhatri Puja in Kalyangarah are Netaji Sanga, Arunoday, Ramkrishna Seba Samiti, Rocket More, Bhratri Sangha, Deshbandu Club, KNC, 12No. Pally,Football Coaching Center, Amra Sabai, and Jagarani.

A children's festival "Sisu Utsav" is held every year. It starts from 14 November which is celebrated as Children's Day in the country and continues for 3 months. A book fair isheld every year by the Ashokenagar Kalyangarh Educational and Research society.

The town hall of Ashokenagar is named "Sahid Sadan" where cultural programmes organised by local organisations are held.

Avijatri Theatre Festival[edit]

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Ashokenagar Avijatri Sanaskritic Sanastha (popularly known as AVIJATRI) organises a five day ‘All Bengal Theatre Festival’ every year, during the holidays of 23 and 26 January since 1997. About 252 plays are acted by teams from almost every corner of the state. In 2012, including 'Nandikar' with their production 'Madhabi', 13 other theatre groups participated in the festival.

Adorer Nouka[edit]

The web magazine (www.adorernauka.in) is published from Ashoknagar. The web magazine is a media to put the writers of India and Bangladesh onto one platform.

Ashokenagar Sahitto Patrika[edit]

The little magazine 'Ashokenagar Sahitto Patrika' is published from Ashoknagar.This magazine is a rising sun in the field of little magazine.They are going to publish the special issue "Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay" sankha in the next Kolkata Book Fair .

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