Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that a national leader was the one who did not think about personal interest.
"A national leader is also one who cares for all religions, castes and creeds," Banerjee said while inaugurating a programme to mark the centenary of daily Basumati, a premier Bengali newspaper which is now a state government undertaking.
Banerjee also said that she disliked negativism and the attitude of giving up before trying.
"I am a person with positive thinking. I do not like someone saying no before trying," she said, adding that negativity had to be turned positive.
She said that she would like the Basumati publication department to restart operations so that state government magazine `Paschimbanga` could be published from there.
Banerjee recalled that when she was in the opposition she had fought for the revival of Basumati.
She also spoke of the glorious role played by the newspaper in mobilising public opinion during the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the Salt Satyagraha.