নিসর্গ নিয়ে ভাবনা : একাধিক সমবায়ী প্রয়াস Re-Thinking Environmentalism

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Partha Chakrabarti

Indian Institute of Chemical Biology


Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay

দেবপ্রসাদ বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়

 Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

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 [1983] 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 [2008]. 

[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 [1] 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 [2] 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; [3] 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; [4] the Malthusian mindset of the collusion was also discussed; [5] 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: [1] What was going on? [2] What was the matter? [3] What was to be done? Chakrabarti, after criticizing the organized institutionalized funded scientific enterprises born out of enlightenment-project, answered that [1] was the result of capitalocentric economy; [2] was the consequences of post-Manhattan project so-called ‘objective’ scientific enterprise; [3] 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 [1] economics of austerity; [2] real politic of eco-ethos; [3]Anekantavadin eco-ethos and of course [4] 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.


Note: Downloadable document is in Banglish.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

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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About Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay

Debaprasad Bandyopdhyay (b. 1965), through his 25 years journey in the realm of institutionalized academics did 27 different types of works, which are someway different from the earlier paradigms or, one might say that those works are not only mere reproductions of his inherited institutionalized cultural capital or a mimicry of a colonially imposed model that leads to intellectual anorexia or rather a type falsification of earlier paradigms. However, that might be not only a lofty claim but it also hid the fact that all our information and knowledge are socially accumulated knowledge that was, it is matter of regret, posed as private property through the sign © and the wisdom is rarely available. Bandyopadhyay’s works and projects are the products of his social milieu. Bandyopadhyay is a local sub-altern public sphere academician, who avoids the technical intelligentsia (followers of Sahib’s models and they are not committed to the persons who are accommodating surplus work-time to them by performing surplus labour) or inorganic intellectuals and thus fails to be a part of academic tribe and its subsequent socialization process. Of course, that socialization process does not lead to legendary Socratic dialogue. He is also a political activist though he has not affiliated to any political parties as he was always talking about the corporatization of political parties within the money-sign-based democratic system. He is a regular participant in TV and radio talk-shows and documentary films, street-corners’ talks and International seminars on socio-political, psychological, linguistic, environmental and economic issues. He also writes editorial columns in newspapers. He is also a part of parallel academics as it is found in West Bengal’s Little Magazine Movement, though that was not counted as the part his academic pursuit by his parent institute. His parent institute justifiably does not believe in the domain of parallel academics as this unorganized sector does not directly contribute in the transactions of formal/organized print capitalist eco-enemy paper-publication. Though the dissemination of knowledge is also observed in this space of these parallel academics as all these writings in public sphere simultaneously influence the classroom-discourse and some of them are translated into English, French and Italian. Not only that, Bandyopadhyay also sought engagement with the people, who, by supplying their surplus labour, are sustaining his livelihood. Bandyopadhyay, a linguist by training and a Ph.D.-holder (1996), a junior lecturer (1999-2011) in an autonomous central government institute in India, tries his best for those from he has received and is receiving the manifestation of surplus labour by executing some self-funded projects on economic issues in West Bengal, India. Recently he has got a consolation promotion to the post of Assistant Professor. He has done following 27 research works: 1. Crippled Creativity: An inquiry into language, psyche, society: 2. VALENCY OF BANGLA VERB AND PROBLEM OF COMPOUND VERBS: 3. Archaeology of Bangla Grammar : 4. CAN COMPUTER SPEAK? 5. FUZZY LOGICAL EXPRESSION IN BANGLA : 6. FOLKLORE AND FOLK-LANGUAGE: MYTH OR REALITY? 7. HISTORICISM IN THE DISCOURSE OF BANGLA LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE 8. ABHABA, ECP, DELETION AND TRACE 9. SVATVA OR MY-NESS AND ECONOMIC ENTITLEMEMT 10. TRANSLATION STUDIES 11. MASCULINITY STUDIES 12. YAYATI & BABAR COMPLEX 13. SOCIO-ECONOMIC SURVEYS IN AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRY IN WEST BENGAL 14. CONCEPT OF BODY IN INDIAN PHILOSOPHY AND ARCHITECTURE 15. THE CONCEPT OF ERROR (KHYATI) IN MAD-(WO)MEN’S LANGUAGE 16. THE CONCEPT OF PERCEPTUAL TIME AND GRAMMATICAL TIME IN BANGLA 17. BANGLA CALLIGRAPHY, LANGUAGE ART AND LINGUISTIC PEDAGOGY 18. WO(L)D SPACES: NON-EXISTENCE OF WORDS 19. ANEKANTA METHODS 20. SILENCEME: SILENT OTHER IN LINGUISTICS 21. IMAGINED BOUDARIES AND PRE-COLONIAL INDIAN IMAGI-NATION 22. MAKING OF THE INDIAN PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 23. SEGMENTING THE SUPRASEGMENTALS : MUSICKING IN SPEAKING 24. INTERPRETING GENETIC STRUCTURE BY DEPLOYING LINGUISTIC STRUCTURE 25. GLOTTOPOLITICS OF LINGUISTIC SUBALTERNITY OR AN AGENDA FOR PLANNING FROM BELOW 26. SEMIOTICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY 27. SOCIOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY ACADEMICS
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