Welcome to HumanityCollege. Let us share life’s stories. Stories of human values, rights, dignity, and struggle for equality.
(To know more, my Wikipedia page is now up.)
I was a scientist and a journalist in my past life. Weird, right? I am now primarily a labor educator and a human rights activist with emphasis on immigrant rights.
I live in USA — the land of Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Helen Keller, Emma Goldman, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have lived in USA half my life. I grew up in Calcutta, Bengal, Bangladesh, India — the land of Sri Chaitanya, Bengal Renaissance, Ram Mohan Ray, Swami Vivekananda, Vidyasagar, Tagore, Lalon Fakir and Satyajit Ray; and by default, Bengali progressive consciousness and culture. I lived in Bengal half my life too — as a child of two poor AND morally upright parents. My mother taught me Bengali liberalism; my father inculcated in me traditional, time-tested Indian values.
I feel deficient that in spite of my sincere effort to learn more about India outside of Bengal — Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kashmir or Assam — Indian education system did not let me grasp much. Then I left India, and started learning about USA. My American teachers — both in Illinois and New York — reshaped me, made me the person that I am and perhaps challenged me to be the person I can be – A global citizen in truest form.
In both U.S. and India — I’ve had lots of fun, friendship and food for thought. I recharged my blog because I believe there is an entire, real world with seven seas, six continents and six billion real faces outside the virtual world, and I wanted to reach them. I want to hear more from you, from them — through sincere conversations. And have fun doing it too.
Most importantly, here’s the thing: I am not about I; I am about us. “I” do not exist without “Us”. Simple? You need something complex? Okay, let’s see…imagine someone who is for equality, society and prosperity from the bottom of the pyramid and moving up. When I sing my songs, write my write-ups, or speak my speeches, I always keep in mind the vast majority who cannot sing their songs, write their write-ups, or speak. They have no power; I have some. All my life, in sunshine and in storms, I have shared with them; and I will keep on sharing with them — my God-given talents and acquired, real, raw experience and some refined knowledge — with the powerless.
I reject Ayn Rand because that extreme selfishness rejects history of We the People: it rejects ordinary people’s dignity, struggle and right to equality. I refuse to be a part of rabid individualism at the expense of the vast-majority of working men, women, and the toiling, suffering, unappreciated underclass.
To know me better You can also visit my music: my recording of Tagore songs. Just click here.
Please also visit my recently-published, peer-reviewed article on how to build a non-violent movement bringing together moderate working people, both from the so-called left and right. The link is at http://parthabanerjee.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.26/prod.2020 . Here’s my simple, working model. I strongly believe this model works both for USA and India (and across the world).
We the People — in its purest form — is my happiness. In fact, that is my religion. We say in Sanskrit: “Bahujana hitaya, bahujana sukhaya.” In today’s English, it means: Of the People, By the People, For the People. I’m sure you know what I mean.
I hope you join me in this spiritual quest for happiness — for us, for all, for always.
(in original Sanskrit: Partha Bandyopadhyay)
Brooklyn, New York
P.S. — I have a professional bio on my LinkedIn page, in case you care to know.
P.P.S. — Here’s a list of a few of my posts on this blog. I hope you visit, comment and share. Click on the title of the article. Thank you.