The ignorance of West Bengal Govt. about fundamental science

A proposal of a billion dollar science experimental facility to build a electron cyclotron in India was put forward in 2011 by the international committee headed by SINP (saha institute of nuclear physics,kolkata) a premier institute in this field.The machine Indian Synchrotron for Materials and Energy Research (ISMER) would be one of the largest in the world after USA,Germany,Japan,France. But only iff west bengal govt offered a 100 Acre land within the span of 50 kms from city and airport for easy transport for physicists across borders . But this is too much to ask for the government who believes in immediate benefit from investment and insists that it will be better to give the land for building AIIMS( medical school) than GOD-KNOWS-WHAT electron synchrotron. This chaps have not even heard of one before, although,  one similar technology is running right in front of their nose at VECC (variable energy cyclotron centre).

Bengal has been the hotspot for fundamental Physics education for long time. It has developed into one of the leading center for making of good scientists starting from Prof. Satyendra Nath Bose, the man who realized the famous “Bose particle”, a now fundamental part of physics to recently Dr. Ashok Sen for his outstanding research in fundamental string theory. What these two men have in common is they hailed from a place called the “intellectual” capital of India:West Bengal and have devoted their lives trying to understand the fundamental constituents of nature.

But the same Bengal, with due respect, is the home of another kind of intellectuals, the “wanna be” intellectuals, who quickly climb up ladder of high politics, who I guess cannot fathom the scale of development and progress a science project can build.

Coming to the points why this should be build:

1. Every nation must strive to achieve something hard/majestic, that is what sets them apart, remember them, just like Maharajahs are remembered by their wonderful monuments which sometimes took decades to complete, the modern day monuments are the Science and Technological marvels. Constructing this will take 10 years almost and employ thousands of people and also advance technology manifold.

2.Kolkata is home of many great scientist, and having this in homeland will make us even more proud.

3.Wiki gives the following uses for Science and Technology apart from fundamental physics:

Bengal have now been producing some software technicians like one in each hundred, only to brain drain to other state or even country doing some poor quality work for foreign demands. This project will employ enthusiast engineers in thousands. I have seen people from Bengal holding high posts in other states, intelligent people, scientists, artists fleeing this land, because of lack of opportunity, lack of cooperation from government, lack of understanding amongst those who take the decisions. Lets bring in a change, a change so that many people can really build something, a thing that will be remembered in history. Lets aim for long term benefit.


Durga puja

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Durga puja,the custom Bengali festival that have spread all over the world along with its people, has happened once more ,and this the 21st time of my life.Once I heard Bengalis are neither the descendants of Aryans nor the Dravidian’s which constitutes of major population of India.We Bengalis seem to be a merge of both culture(considering the geographical position of Bengal).as such we are the ones who adopt new cultures very easily and discard with the old.(compared to the other ethnic groups of India,who seems to be more orthodox)No doubt Bengal is called the culture hub of India(who speak the sweetest language in the world),but the culture seems fast changing and always influenced by external cultures. where Bengal stands today is a mixture of many cultures, mainly influenced by western British culture, and a rootless mixture of other Indian culture.

Though its my 21st(officially, and probably only 16 th since I remember anything or ever knew what was “durga”),its only latey I understood what makes this festival so special to all Bengalis.As most Bengalis spread across the globe mixing other cultures in their lives,what still remains in every Bengalis heart is the festive mood of Durga Pujas.With all the pain,they have shipped the durga puja abroad.This is a week of celebration where the people remind them of their true culture,and to what extent it suites them. The change all these years I guess is the modernization of lord durga.with her fancy dress and impressive postures,but still in backyard you will find a typical Durga idol  and the purohit worshipping her… I guess what we do in childhood ever remains with us forever.It is somewhat training our memory and and mind to be suited for.
This time although I wasn’t much impressed with the quality of the pujas this time(probably due to rains)in my place at bandel ,I never less enjoyed being here.enjoying the lush of green and autumn breeze.These are some of the pictures taken by me…Have a wonderful festive season ahead…