Perhaps the best way to honour our loved ones, who are no longer with us, is to keep their passion alive as a way to remember them.
Partha Chatterjee, the Minister-in-Charge of Higher Education and School Education Department in West Bengal, felt that the best way pay a tribute to his late wife, would be to build a hospital for dogs.
Babli passed away in July 2017, and Partha decided to honour her memory by opening a pet hospital in South Kolkata which will treat dogs and cats.
He has also set up a trust to build and run the treatment centre that will be named Babli Chatterjee Memorial Pet Hospital.
“Babli was a dog-lover in the true sense,” Partha said. “There are six dogs in our family, and as long she was fit, she used to take care of them. Even when she went to sleep at night, her pets were her companions. So I thought that a hospital for dogs would be the best way to keep her memories alive.”
Chatterjee highlighted the benefit of this set-up in South Kolkata. “In Kolkata, there is an acute shortage of sophisticated pet hospitals and my wife often mentioned it. The trust authorities have already started interacting with renowned veterinary doctors about the facilities that can be provided there. I have asked the authorities to complete the project as quickly as possible,” said Chatterjee.
Chatterjee was sworn in as the Cabinet Minister under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 20 May 2011. He formerly worked for Andrew Yule & Co., which is a government undertaking.
“The trust has a plot of 17 acres near Baghajatin railway station in south Kolkata, where the hospital will be set up,” said Chatterjee, refusing to reveal the cost of the project.