SCHOLARLY ATTEMPT

Kashmir Problem has many facets. External forces, including neighbouring countries cause much problems in the valley, at the same time the Indian policy makers could not do justice to the sense of nationalism prevailed among the inhabitants of this area, most of whom are Muslims. Policies more oriented to making political gain, rather than providing the basic amenities of life and better living condition marked the history of Kashmir during the heydays of the colonial masters and also after independence. The Kashmiris however are very much part of the mainstream life of India. All these came to the fore during a Special Lecture Session, organized by Corpus Research Institute and the sole speaker was Professor Rattan Lal Hangloo, the Vice Chancellor, University of Kalyani, on Saturday, the 29th March, at Anita Banerjee Memorial Hall, Jadavpur University. On this occasion Prof. Hangloo also released two books, titled ‘Renaissance Revisited- Murshidabad 1853-1953’ authored by Dr. Aniruddha Das, who teaches History at Fakir Chand College, Diamond Harbour and ‘Redifining Santhal Identity’, authored by Dr. Pradip Chatterjee of Department of History, Burdwan University. The two scholars are associated with the Institute. The programme was presided over by Professor Chittabrata Palit, the Director of the Institute.

The book of Dr. Das mentions that, ‘The influence of renaissance on the socio-cultural life of nineteenth century Bengal other than Calcutta is the subject matter of this book. This involves a thorough probe into the role of contemporary academic institutions and intelligentsia that played the pivotal part in the life, culture and society of the common people. The 19th century Bengal renaissance had its influence on the life and culture of Murshidabad, at the same time the history of Krishnath College is associated with a long list of men of eminence; it educated generations of students from all over Bengal who have made their mark in different fields of life. The economic condition and social milieu in Murshidabad in the second half of the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century relevant for argument has also been analyzed. The book shows the history of Murshidabad as an alternative centre of the Renaissance.