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

Prof Amrit Sen

Great success: Prof Amrit Sen’s visit to Edinburgh

Professor Amrit Sen and Mr Biswanath Banerjee from Visva-Bharati visited Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee in March 2015. Mr Banerjee has recently completed a joint UGC sponsored research project on Rabindranath Tagore and Science. Mr Banerjee has submitted his doctoral dissertation on “Science, Nation and Literature: Acharya P.C. Ray and Postcoloniality”. Read more


Mahatma Gandhi & Rabindranath Tagore; Celebrating the centenary of a historic meeting

This year, 2015, is the centenary of the meeting of two of the greatest personalities of India. In March 1915, Rabindranath Tagore and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi met in Santiniketan for the first time. Both held each other in high mutual regard. Tagore was one of the first important people to call Gandhi “Mahatma,” that is “Great Soul.” Gandhi, in turn, called Tagore “Gurudev,” meaning “divine teacher.”   Read more


Visa Problems

Prof Tapati Mukherjee was scheduled to travel to Edinburgh with Prof Amrit Sen at the end of September 2014 and lectures, library visits and research meetings had been arranged for them in the UK, prior to their travel. Prof Fraser booked and paid in advance for a flat with self-catering facilities for a period of two weeks in Edinburgh to accommodate Prof Mukherjee and Prof Sen for the duration of their research trip. Read more

Prof Bashabi Fraser

Prof Bashabi Fraser visits Visva-Bharati University

In order to start the UKIERI Project effectively, Prof Bashabi Fraser, the Principal Investigator at Edinburgh Napier University, visited Visva-Bharati in July 2014 and had research planning meetings with Prof Tapati Mukherjee, the Principal Investigator from Visva-Bharati, Prof Amrit Sen and two PhD scholars who are on the UKIERI project team. Read more