কামনা, শৃঙ্গার, নচিকেত অভিযাত্রা –কৈশোরেই Adolescence and Sexuality

কামনা, শৃঙ্গার, নচিকেত অভিযাত্রা –কৈশোরেই Adolescence and Sexuality

The author of this paper, as a member of the committee, constituted by the then Government of West Bengal with the help WHO, on Life Style Education for teens (secondary level) in West Bengal, India, under the regime of pseudo Communist party (2004-05), faced a strange situation. Culture-specific taboos, Victorian legacies prevailed rather than modern scientia sexualis. Even the section 377 Indian penal code that talked about indefinable “carnal sex” could not be combated in the committee.
The author , after analyzing the discourse of indigenous Hindu-communist (paradox!) views, proposed his own views of act-pleasure-desire taking cue from Batsyayana, Rousseau, Rabindranath Tagore, M.K. Gandhi, Bertrand Russell, M. Foucault, Laqueur, and Derrida. He elaborately discussed the role of masturbation (supplementary act) among the teens as well as the solitary simulated sexuality in the context of “modern” civilization. Onanism as a dis-ease /not as a dis-ease (historical apriori) was also discussed by deploying deconstructive strategy. He also elaborated the concept of Maria-community’s ( author was reluctant to use the pejorative term, “tribe”) ‘ghotul’-convention to show the heterogeneous practices of sexualities (please note the plural number). The so-called “Indian Values” (constructed in the colonial period) were refuted with the examples of ‘Hindu’ architecture or ars erotica. The author also subscribe the Foucaldian “proliferation of sexuality” rather than that of Freudian repression-hypothesis. Lastly , the author introduced the narrative of Naciketa, a legendary teen, from Kathoponisad, to establish the nature of ‘care of self’. In this case, author’s commentary was totally different from the other interpreters/ philosophers as he re-presented this philosophical text differently by tagging it with contemporary scenario.
This Bangla paper was written in a quasi direct discourse following the age-old tradition of dialoguing.

Keywords: Life Style Education for teens, historical apriori, ars erotica,onanism,quasi direct discourse, deconstructive strategy, Victorian legacies, section 377 Indian penal code,supplementary act,

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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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