Indian Institute of Chemical Biology
Sarkar, Dibakar ed. Akkh[r]jatra. X:12, pp. 7-50, Kolkata
There are five parts in this booklet on non-conventional environmental science: [a] A prologue written by Bandyopadhyay on the issues of image processing and remote sensing techniques by means of which the wealth of the earth is ruthlessly extracted by hedge account holders by using satellites and surveillance helicopters with rudders that emit gamma-rays, infra red etc. According to Bandyopadhyay that type of planetary–corpo[rate]real politics led to anthropogenic climate change. He also cited Lila Majumdar’s prediction from a science fiction  according which, the ice were not only melting but the axis of the earth was also displaced due to violent anthropogenic intervention into the corpoREAL of the earth. Surprisingly enough, that prediction in the eighties of the last century was subscribed by the Geo-Physical Society’s Report .
[b] Bandyopadhyay then wrote a lengthy report on the basalt [a ‘minor’ mineral as per legal term] quarries of Birbhum, West Bengal, India, where a kowm [Bandyopadhyay was reluctant to use the term ‘tribe’ for a group of homo sapiens] is exploited illegally with slim wage and had become null workers – with or/and without existential status. This report, written in a feminist narrative style through the voice of a victim of West Bengal academiocracy, was published in 2008 [‘pathure jiboner kOtha’. Sen, Ashok ed. Baromas. XXX. (pp.145-51)] and in this re-presentation the whole scoop was extended with many theoretical tools, viz. the question of ownership [svatva, cf. abstract IDs: 2054667 and 2032594] of land, anti-green architectural imperialism etc. He also cited new Minor Mineral Acts to show the lacuna of administration, who, surprisingly enough, [voluntarily?] did not even know it. Environmental laws are also violated and the administration was a merely a puppet.
[c] Bandyopadhyay again repeatedly visited the geo-political areas of Birbhum, Bankura, Medinipur, Purulia and Bardhaman, West Bengal, India in 2010 and the report was published in a newspaper [2010. ‘pathore pathore nace agun’. Dances of Fire at Basalt Quarries. Post- Editorial column. Chattopadhyay, Suman ed. Ekdin. 17/09/10 (pg.4)] and here re-presented by deploying theoretical tools.
The situation was worst at that time. The kowms were revolting against disembodied owners [a specter-like entity. Though they were not owners, they were enjoying the ‘tribal’ land that could not be ‘owned’ by the so-called non-tribal people. Cf. abstract Id: 2028606] in guise by means of huge money-sign] of the quarries. These disembodied owners also took revenge with armed goons. So-called Maoists were also reigning with arms and ammunition. Bandyopadhyay observed  the ‘Maoist’ terrorism was a construct of state-corporate-sponsored political parties-industrialist/hedge account holders collusion and the Maoists had nothing to do with the Maoism as an ideology per se  and thus it is a simulated war for the strategic evacuation of the land so that the collusion could establish ownership of the wealth underneath;  despite the fact of simulation [a la Baudrillard] or irreal, ‘real’ was the DEATH/TERMINATION/ANNIHILATION of many homo sapiens as well as flora and fauna of the ‘natural’ geography of the above mentioned four districts;  the Malthusian mindset of the collusion was also discussed;  State controlled [legal] terrorism was reflected in the mirror of state-sponsored/-branded terrorism through mutual resemblance [anyonyopratibimba] or reverse mimicry[cf.abstract ID 2016682].
[d] This self-funded qualitative survey with little bit of statistics, when was executed in the fields and with the help of Google Earth, Bandyopadhyay and Chakrabarti [at that time he was at the Boston University] were engaged in a lengthy dialogue, an ‘other’ session – they were rendezvousing through phones and E-mails. Both of them related this micro-incidence with the lager question of environmental disaster. Bandyopadhyay initially posed three problematic questions:  What was going on?  What was the matter?  What was to be done? Chakrabarti, after criticizing the organized institutionalized funded scientific enterprises born out of enlightenment-project, answered that  was the result of capitalocentric economy;  was the consequences of post-Manhattan project so-called ‘objective’ scientific enterprise;  would be solved by real politic of eco-ethos. Chakrabarti discussed the feminist positional subjectivity and Jaina anekantavada [theory of many probable perspectives] . Bandyopadhyay showed the instances of internal sabotages within the scientific enterprise that negated the hegemonization of single science by introducing the concept of ‘sciences’ in plural number. He also questioned the nature-culture binary following Derrida.
[e] After finishing the three-years’ conversation, both of them proposed  economics of austerity;  real politic of eco-ethos; Anekantavadin eco-ethos and of course  extinction of surplus labor extraction . The joint statement was written by Chakrabarti with few verbal input from Bandyopadhyay. Thus the booklet had become an instance of a performance of non-conventional environmental science.
It must be mentioned that the cover of this Bangla booklet was de-sign-ed by Debraj Goswami, who reinterpreted the sculpture, ‘Santhal Family’ by the famous sculptor Ramkinkar Baij by inserting a bulldogger within it. In this way, the critique of ‘development’ was re-re-presented and had become part of the text. The photo of surveillance helicopter [Barughutu, Bankura], the secret moment of primitive accumulation, was captured by Akhar Bandyopadhyay and edited by Biswajit Biswas.
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Keywords: planetary–corpo[rate]real politics, null workers, disembodied owners, kowm, svatva, anti-green architectural imperialism, hedge account holders, mutual resemblance [anyonyopratibimba] or reverse mimicry, real politic of eco-ethos, positional subjectivity, Jaina anekantavada, ‘sciences’
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