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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.

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Boat on Ganga (Bhagirathi) next to Rabindra Setu, Kolkata, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 30, 2021
Divided Rivers: Twin Teardrops upon Mother's Face Since the disfiguring partition in 1947, with its great human toll at all levels, Bengali writing, and especially Bengali riverine music, has been a repository of partition nostalgia, represented frequently via the reality and metaphoric depiction of divided rivers across the artificial political divides. This sense of estrangement and dispossession plagues millions of refugees worldwide to this day. .
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820-1891), portrait., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 9, 2021
Vidyasagar and the Emergent Bengal Renaissance- Part II: This is part II of a 2-part article by me on the seminal work by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (ICV; 1820-1891) in founding, establishing and propagating education in Bengal and India, especially the education of women. ICV was a leading reformist figure at the front end of the 19th century Bengal Renaissance, and set an example of character, integrity, service and sacrifice unmatched to this day.
Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820-1891), portrait., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 17, 2021
Vidyasagar and the Emergent Bengal Renaissance This is the first of a 2-part essay on Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (ICV, 1820-1891), a leading educator/reformer in Bengal and India under British colonial rule. ICV's life provides a glimpse into a time of higher human ideals, and how those were venerated in society. These qualities have become increasingly diminished, and the lesser human impulses are now predominant, making study of ICV's life and works even more vital.
Satyajit Ray behind the camera, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 20, 2021
Poverty Porn Masquerading as Tribute for Humanist, Author, Filmmaker Satyajit Ray on His Centennial This critique of a Centennial commemoration essay which appeared at Counterpunch.org is self-explanatory, but has implications for those from the Eastern half of the East/West and Fist World/Third World divide. The point of discussion is legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's centennial celebrations. The essay being critiqued does disservice not only to the supremely erudite renaissance figure, but to his people and culture.
Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin with Family, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 14, 2021
The Duopolic Dysfunction on Display in the Senate Verdict on Career Criminal Trump My immediate reaction to the Senate "verdict" on the mega criminal mob boss, 57-43, only minutes ago.
Carl Bernstein CNN interview re. GA phone call, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Rumblings of the Resurgent Confederacy and the Criminal Antics of the Mafia Don US democracy, while fragile and far from perfect, is currently in grave danger of a dictatorial takeover by a posse of subversives, headed by a mafioso Don with nothing but malice and self-promotion in his arsenal. It is upto all Americans with honor, and knowledge of the great sacrifices that stitch together the history of their democratic republic, must rise up now and put a stop to this 4-years-long, monstrous spectacle.
Bernie Sanders FIRES BACK on Mitch McConnell Sen. Bernie Sanders slams Sen. Mitch McConnell for refusing to put $2000 checks to an up or down vote., From YouTubeVideos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 3, 2021
Campaign to revive the Confederacy; watch the next few days I see the entire post-election sorry and ghastly drama played out day by day in this pathetic US exercise as an attempt, now with quite some momentum, to bring back the confederacy, even the score, and to establish white supremacy, segregation and make all those MAGA dreams come true. One hopes none of these will actually happen, but what has already happened definitely sets the drumroll.
Tagore photo from Nobel Prize archive, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 28, 2020
Jana Gana Mana Adhinayaka- (Tagore's unabridged original Anthem translated) Part II of a 2-part essay in defense of Rabindranath Tagore and Jana Gana Mana. The first appeared in Countercurrents in 2003. With the emerging fundamentalist intolerance and bigotry extending its ominious tentacles across India, the haven of diversity, tolerance (and, as Vivekananda said often, India was a land that went beyond tolerance, to acceptance) now vested in sectarian zealotry. Hence the urgency of this write-up.
Series: Tagore's worldview poems (5 Articles, 22352 views)
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 6, 2020
A Bolivarian Soccer Rebel- Brief remembrance of Diego Maradona I was prompted to write these words in remembrance of the recently-departed soccer legend, Diego Maradona, primarily after reading more about his consistent role in defending human rights in South America. His steadfast support of human rights and solidarity with the Bolivarian and other progressive movements, well established by his continental associations, place him much higher even than his exalted stature in soccer.
Series: Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 33477 views), Socio-Political (11 Articles, 27385 views)
Soumitra Chatterjee in a Satyajit Ray film, From Uploaded
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Series: Art and Ideals (1 Articles, 851 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 33477 views)
Bernie and the birdie, Portland 2016, From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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."
Series: Socio-Political (11 Articles, 27385 views)
Zealots on trucks- intimidation parade, From Uploaded
(29 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Series: Socio-Political (11 Articles, 27385 views)
Andre Vltchek with Noam Chomsky, From InText
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
Series: Journalism-activism (1 Articles, 921 views), Socio-Political (11 Articles, 27385 views)
Rabindranath Tagore, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 21, 2020
The Caged Bird and the Free Bird- Rabindranath Tagore's Lyrical Ballad on Freedom and Confinement I present here a translation along with my commentary on Rabindranath Tagore's dichotomic ballad, Khanchar Pakhi / Boner Pakhi (The Caged Bird and the Free Bird) which using lyrical metaphors, lays out the lineaments of freedom and bondage- longstanding conflicts within the human mind relevant to this day. It speaks to gender inequality as well as slavery, colonial occupation and the human aspirations for freedom.
Series: Tagore's balladic poems (4 Articles, 4981 views), Tagore's Emerging Philosophy on Life (3 Articles, 4790 views), Tagore's worldview poems (5 Articles, 22352 views) (View All Series)
Portrait of Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), From InText
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 13, 2020
My Alibi - A revolutionary's manifesto by Kazi Nazrul Islam A protest manifesto written by revolutionary poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam opposing colonial occupation and in particular the devastating Bengal Famine of 1942-43 which claimed over 3 million lives in Bengal. The poem has iconic status in Bengal.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26993 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 33477 views), Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 9400 views) (View All Series)
Hemanta Mukhopadhyay in his prime years (1960s), From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 17, 2020
The Baritone of Our Renaissance: Hemanta Mukhopadhyay (1920-1989) at 100- Part I This will be the first of a planned 5-part series dedicated to Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, the most widely recognized vocalists of the Golden Age of modern Bengali music (from the 1940s-1970s), on this, his centennial year.
Series: Golden Age Bengali Music (5 Articles, 9538 views), Golden age music of Bengal (4 Articles, 5281 views)
Kazi Nazrul Islam the Rebel Poet- a Portrait, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 28, 2020
Captain, Beware! Kandari Hoonshiar by Kazi Nazrul Islam I present here a translation of Kazi Nazrul Islam's Freedom Song (which will be one of several I intend to post in subsequent spaces), Kandari Hoonshiar, which I have named Captain, Beware! This song (a choral rendition YouTube URL is also provided) is addressed to freedom fighters and all fighters for justice in a world beset with intolerance and tyranny.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26993 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 33477 views), Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 9400 views) (View All Series)
Portrait of Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 17, 2020
The Caste Hooligans Part II by Kazi Nazrul Islam For completeness, I am adding Part II of the Kazi Nazrul Islam (renowned Bengali poet, 1899-1976) anti-casteism poem, Jaater Name Bajjati Shob (The Caste Hooligans, by this translator) which adds more pronouncements against the destructiveness of casteism and racism in human society. These stanzas do not appear in the portion which is composed into a song from the 1940s.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26993 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 33477 views)
Kazi Nazrul Islam the Rebel Poet- a Portrait, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 6, 2020
The Caste Hooligans (Jater Naame Bajjati Shob) by Kazi Nazrul Islam As part of a sequence of renowned poems by Bengali poets, recently posted Rabindranath Tagore's My Wretched Country, I am now presenting a strident condemnation of caste and untouchability in India among the Hindu community, titled Jater Naame Bajjati Shob, which I title here in my translation as The Caste Hooligans. This poem equally applies to all classism, casteism, racism and other religious or economic discrimination.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26993 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 33477 views)
Rabindranath Tagore unknown location., From WikimediaPhotos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 3, 2020
My Wretched Country (Hey Mor Durbhaga Desh) - Rabindranath Tagore I am presenting Rabindranath Tagore's anti-bigotry and anti-casteism poem, Hey Mor Durbhaga Desh, in my English translation. It is especially relevant in these vicious and ominous times inflected with racism, classism, intra-national and international military and economic bullying, and the consequences of turning the police in every city into ruthless military operations.
Series: Anti-bigotry, anti-racism, anti-imperialist poetry (7 Articles, 26993 views), Cultural and civilizational (12 Articles, 33477 views), Freedom songs vs British Colonialism (5 Articles, 9400 views) (View All Series)

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