Lord Bruce

Gandhi, Tagore and two aspects of the truth by Lord Bruce

This is a year of important anniversaries in British history. It marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt and the bicentennial of the battle of Waterloo. But it also marks an encounter of very special significance to the history of India in the 20th century. Read more

Dr Biswanath Banerjee

Investigating Sir J.C. Bose (Botanist) and Acharya P.C. Ray (Chemist)

I have been nominated as a researcher in the UGC-UKIERI Project titled, “Scottish Orientalism and the Indian Renaissance, the Continuum of Ideas: Tagore and his Circle”, being jointly coordinated by Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland and Visva-Bharati Shantiniketan, India. While pursuing my Ph.D. at Visva-Bharati, I have been fortunate enough to pay an academic visit to Edinburgh, Scotland from 9 to 18 March, 2015. Read more

Report on my research visit to Scotland under the UKIERI program

Rabindranath Tagore had once stated that human mind ‘has faculties which are universal’ (‘East and West’ 530) as he believed Esha devo visvakarmā mahātmā sadā janānam hridaya sannivishatah (‘This is the divine being, the world-worker, who is the Great Soul ever dwelling inherent in the hearts of all people’) (The Religion 55). Read more

An Assessment of Sir Daniel Hamilton’s Political Philosophy: The Panacea of Scottish Capitalism and Utilitarianism

Academic study into the life and work of Sir Daniel Hamilton is hampered by the lack of records and written literature surrounding his accomplishments. Fortunately, the ‘utopia’ that he sought to create, in the Sundarbans region of West Bengal, still stands. It now encompasses more than 40 districts, which are still, to some degree, under the co-operative wing of the original experiment in Gosaba. Read more