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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 70 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 four books of translation (Kamalakanta, Profiles in Faith, Balika Badhu and Seasons of Life) 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, OSA, and SPIE and a member of ASEE and Sigma Xi.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 29, 2020 Apu, Ekshan, Ikebana and being Bengali - Renaissance, uninterrupted - Remembering Soumitra Chatterjee
About 3 weeks ago, Bengal lost to Covid-19 one of her greatest living cultural stalwarts, Soumitra Chattopadhyay, at age 85. To many of us from Bengal, he was virtually the last link to the Bengal Renaissance of the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with Rammohun Roy (1773-1833) and reaching its pinnacle with Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Here is a tribute poem/eulogy I out together in his remembrance.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 8, 2020 Biden and Harris could have at least thanked Bernie Sanders, but it would be politically incorrect
Despite the overwhelming relief and joy around the world that Drumpenfuhrer has been rejected, I personally have felt a relatively short-lasting euphoria that the duopoly is really back in business. And while existential disaster for the world has been averted, the duopoly's complete lack of acknowledging the promise of genuine change brought about by Senator Bernie Sanders, make me wistful for "what might have been."
(29 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 25, 2020 In Lock-Step with the Reich: Devotees of the Orange Fuhrer
The current neo-fascist regime in the US has steadfast devotees to whom this draconian administration can do no wrong. Their organized flag-waving requires these cautionary comments so that the spirit of democracy and pluralism may survive.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 26, 2020 For Andre Vltchek: Imagining a Different World
I wrote this tribute poem remembering Andre Vltchek, remarkable journalist, author, poet, philosopher, traveler, somewhere in Turkey on September 22, 2020. His sudden passing is at the moment shrouded in mystery. After all, a staunch anti-imperialist always treads a risky line.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 17, 2019 Discourses from the Mahabharata: The Dialogue of Karna and Kunti
I present here one of Rabindranath Tagore's longer poems, centered upon a dialogue between the valiant Kuru warrior Karna, and his mother, the Queen Kunti, who had once cast the infant Karna into the river Ganges. The dialogue raises issues of human morality, ethics and relationships. Tagore presents Karna as driven by his identification with the neglected and downtrodden, and his shunning all promises of power and wealth. Series: Cultural and civilizational (10 Articles, 30449 views), Tagore's worldview poems (4 Articles, 20703 views)
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 23, 2019 The Laws of Twenty One
In commemorating my daughter's 21st birthday, and since she is aspiring to be a lawyer, I am presenting here a translation of the renowned satirist Sukumar Rays' famous Ekushe Aine, here titled The Laws of Twenty One. Series: Satire (2 Articles, 2684 views)
SHARE Monday, October 29, 2018 Partition Angst in Annada Shankar Roy's Nursery Rhyme
This article was recently published in the ISPaD Partition Center Journal, 2018, pp. 20-24. ISPaD was established in 2009 to serve as a forum dealing with the various partition-related issues arising following the deeply traumatic partition of India into (then) two divided nations, India and Pakistan, later turning into three (with Bangladesh emerging in 1971), highlighted in poet-author Annadashankar Roy's nursery rhyme. Series: Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 8693 views), Satire (2 Articles, 2684 views), Socio-Political (7 Articles, 21569 views) (View All Series)