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The naked plumber from Bengal


Kolkata, April 5 (IANS): While nudity is considered taboo in civilised society, a man from West Bengal's Cooch Behar district has not put on a shred of cloth to hide his modesty in the past 43 years -- but is revered and respected by all.

Subal Burman can be seen roaming around dring the day in Chandamari village, going for plumbing assignments or stopping at a stall to have a cup of tea after working hard for the day.

"Be it rain, summer or winter, I have spent 43 years of my life like this," said Burman.

The reason for living life the nudist way is his allergy to clothes.

"Wearing clothes made me feel sick, my jaw would get locked," he said.

Burman enjoys spending his time with children who often take a ride on his bicycle.

While the sight of a naked man may shock outsiders, the villagers rather see him as a godly figure.

"We revere him, unless godly you can't do such things," says a woman from the village which is some 700 km from Kolkata.

"We all love and respect him. We have not perceived his nakedness as something abnormal or a problem for us," says a woman who grew up seeing Burman the way he is.

With his long tresses and naked appearance, he may seem to be a hermit. However, he has been a political activist for the past two decades.

"I am a BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) activist since 1995. I was brought into politics by (late union minister) Tapan Sikdar and I have great respect for (former prime minister) Atal Bihari Vajpayee," says Burman.


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