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Monish R. Chatterjee received the B.Tech. (Hons) degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from I.I.T., Kharagpur, India, in 1979, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, in 1981 and 1985, respectively. Dr. Chatterjee was a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at SUNY Binghamton from 1986 through 2002. Dr. Chatterjee is currently with the ECE department at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Chatterjee, who specializes in applied optics, has contributed more than 100 papers to technical conferences, and has published more than 50 papers in archival journals and conference proceedings, in addition to numerous reference articles on science. Dr. Chatterjee's most recent literary essays appear in Rabindranath Tagore: Universality and Tradition, published by FDU Press (2004); Celebrating Tagore, published by Allied Publishers (2009); and Tagore: A Timeless Mind by ICCR and the London Tagore Society (2012). He is the author of three books of translation (Kamalakanta, Profiles in Faith, and Balika Badhu) from his native Bengali. In 2000, Dr. Chatterjee received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005, Dr. Chatterjee received a Humanities Fellows award from the University of Dayton to conduct research on scientific language. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of OSA, ASEE and Sigma Xi.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 The Meaning of Triumph: Remembering Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela
This is a poem written in memory of Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela, two noble souls who uplifted human civilization in a world otherwise drenched in inhumanity and bloodshed, dominated by military might and corporate control of human lives.
Monday, March 11, 2013 May Venezuela Keep You in Her Soul Forever: Homage to Hugo Chavez- a Leader of Unmatched Courage and Nobility (1 comments)
This is a heartfelt tribute to Hugo Chavez, a rare and inspiring leader who set an example of courage and determination for the world against imperial exploitation and warmongering. As it often happens with the good, Chavez was taken much too soon by death, but I firmly believe his example of steadfast determination and championing of the cause of the poor and the downtrodden will long prevail for peace, justice and humanity.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 The Meaning of Bijaya (Or, Going Beyond the Good vs. Evil Paradigm) (1 comments)
I reflect in this essay on the significance of Bijaya, a celebration of divine victory that concludes the Bengali religious Fall festival of Durga Puja. I examine what it means to frequently prostrate before the notion of the age-worn dictum of "The Triumph of Good Over Evil." I attempt to show that this dictum, while essentially well-intended, is fraught with the potential for abuse and intentional misinterpretation.
Sunday, July 8, 2012 A translation and interpretation of Rabindranath Tagore's poem, Africa (7 comments)
I present here a translation and interpretation by this author of the magnificent poem, Africa, by Rabindranath Tagore, and its implications for a world that continues to be ravaged by "civilization's barbaric greed," as Tagore portrays the obscene savagery inflicted upon Africa and its inhabitants. Tagore's indictment continues to be just as relevant to all occupations and mass-murders going on even as I write.
Friday, June 1, 2012 A Poet's Protest: An Address by W.S. Merwin at SUNY, Buffalo, October 1970 (2 comments)
I present here an old speech by U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin from 1970, in which he eloquently protested an unreasonable insistence in a University setting to sign a politically-motivated pledge of allegiance, which, in his mind, had nothing to do with reading poetry. The truth he outlines, is profound and applied universally to this day. In fact, I would say it applies even more so today.
Monday, April 9, 2012 The Grotesque Scourge of Drones- Soulless Meghnads of the Sky (8 comments)
I have long wanted to write about the Drone, a ghastly tool for targeted extra-judicial killing in the hands of the 1%, the 1% that controls the War Industry. In the past week or two, I have at least become aware of a few gentle and cvaring souls that have started to write about, and campaign against these frightening, faceless killer weapons. In recognizing the work by Nick Mottern and others, I submit this article.
Thursday, February 16, 2012 American Platitudes on Democracy and Human Rights- an Exercise in Vacuousness
This is a short response that was sent to Paul Craig Roberts' website upon my reading of his outstanding essay (which appeared in Counterpunch February 15th, 2012) on Barack Obama supposedly chiding China on human rights, and the irony/outrage inherent in such double-faced piety.
Sunday, October 30, 2011 In The League Of Howard Zinn, Studs Terkel, Kurt Vonnegut, Gore Vidal - America's Vanishing Sentinels (5 comments)
I describe herein my sense that America today is greatly lacking thinkers and intellectuals with vision and sensitivity that can stir the national imagination. Mental lightweights populate shows like Charlie Rose. This essay harkens back to some of the prominent thinkers and visionaries (such as Howard Zinn and Kurt Vonnegut) that were already advanced in age within the past 30 years, and many are no longer with us.
Saturday, October 30, 2010 The Tariq Aziz Sentence: The Audacity, Bestiality and Venality of Victors
I discuss my moral abhorrence re. the recent "death sentence" handed down to Iraq's former Prime Minister Tariq Aziz. I find it appalling that invading war criminals and their minions and chattels have the audacity and soulless brutality to put on trial their victims. None of the premises under which Mr. Aziz's country was invaded and 1 million+ of its people murdered were proven true. The wrong people are on trial here.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Wage War, Fire Missiles, Win a Nobel: the Ultimate Devaluation of Awards
I discuss here the expected, yet deeply regrettable disappointments of the Barack Obama administration on many fronts, and especially in terms of its rejection of the peace and progressive agenda, and its pandering to the same imperial forces that dictate Washington's muscle-flexing worldwide.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 On Black Elitist Pandering to the Halls of Power
I wrote this article in response to a thought-provoking essay by Chris Hedges on the issue of Black elitism, and how it panders to the status quo and the existing power structure. For thus holding this administration to account for its failures and conformity with the imperial agenda, Mr. Hedges is receiving some sharp barbs from even supposedly progressive correspondents.
Thursday, June 4, 2009 The George Tiller Murder and the Insanity of Christo-Jihadists (1 comments)
I address here the general onset and execution of jihadist (by which I imply bigotry, and not the literal meaning of the word itself, which is perfectly honorable) hatred anywhere in the world. This has been glaringly brought to light by the tragic murder of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas.
Friday, April 24, 2009 Israel and the Chosen Mindset (3 comments)
I discuss here my views regarding Israel's never-ending use of the "Holocaust" as a pretext under which it justifies all its actions, however inhuman, brutal or genocidal. I emphasize the absence of logic in such "ownership of suffering" models conveniently used in this instance by imperial forces.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 March 19, 2003: A day that will live in infamy
I recall with great concern the complete absence of justice with regards to the invasion and plunder of Iraq by the Bush criminal gang. Six years later, despite a change of guard in the U.S., there seems to be little change by way of U.S. policies, or any accountability for the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the preceding regime.
Saturday, March 14, 2009 The Cases of Muntadhar al-Zaidi, Tariq Aziz, and Omar al-Bashir: Justice Tiered, Skewered and Skewed (5 comments)
This essay deals with what I perceive as the great imbalance of justice as it exists in the world. The recent pronouncements of the ICC regarding the Sudanese President, and the "sentences" meted out to Tariq Aziz and Muntadhar al-Zaidi highlight this fact.
Clearly there is one level of justice for the relatively weak and powerless, and an entirely different one for the powerful and tyrannical.
Sunday, March 8, 2009 On Jon Stewart and His Expose on CNBC Pundits (6 comments)
I present here a few viewpoints regarding so-called financial experts, and some critique of the fields of economics and finance. Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's the Daily Show skewers the likes of Ludlow, Stanford and several others that offer punditry at CNBC. We see of course how wrong most of these experts are, yet nothing prevents them from passing judgment on ordinary homeowners and blue-collar, unionizing riff-raff.
Sunday, February 15, 2009 In Solidarity with Student Divestment Movement at University of Rochester (1 comments)
The article is in support of a student divestment movement that starteed at the University of Rochester in protest of the Israeli atrocities in Gaza. This movement was inspired by similar, but much larger in scope, movements in the UK. The movement intends to have the University withdraw all investments in companies that collaborate with Israel, especially the ones involved in the manufacture of weapons supplied to Israel.