Friday, June 28, 2019

Sample Pictures from Partition Documentation Museum, New York

Sample Pictures  from Partition Documentation Museum, New York

ISPaD: Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project
New York


Bricks -- discarded on site -- from ancient 2nd Millennia Buddhist Vihar in Comilla, Bangladesh;  1st Millennia Buddhist Vihar, Taxila, Pakistan; destroyed Hindu temples (1990s) in Bangladesh


The one item carried by a young Mr. Nirnal Guha Thakuarta, a native of Barisal, East Pakistan now Bangladesh, as he fled on foot and ferry to West Bengal after Partition.
(He became a music director in India.)
Courtesy: Mr. Guha Thakurta


Soils of villages of Lakhsmankathi in Barisal district, Mahilara in Barisal district, and Ulpur in Goplaganj (formerly Faridpur) district, all of East Pakistan, now Bangladesh brought by indigenous Hindus who fled to India.


Hand written notes of  family tree of pre-1947 partition Hindu family of East Bengal, later refugee in India



A hand written, fragile, multi-page note of refugee family history, perhaps hundreds of years old, given by a Hindu-Bengali refugee to ISPaD Partition Museum



Lokkhir Jhapi (Lord Lakshmi's Basket), a symbol of Goddess of Prosperity, carried by new brides when first entering groom's home. It assumes that new brides bring prosperity to groom's family. This basket was handed down from mother to daughter for many generations in a Hindu family in east Bengal, now Bangladesh. This was one of the few items that a Bengali Hindu refugee family was able to bring to their new home in India (from Pakistan.)



Letter dated 17th September 1920 sent to Sreemati Nihar Ghosh, Student, Donovan Girls' High School, Madaripur, Bengal (now in Bangladesh) by the Governor's Office in British India for standing first in provincial exam. Ghosh became refugee from her ancestral home after 1947 Partition.
The letter writes: 
Dear Madam: His Excellency is very glad to hear your success. Yours faithfully.....
Courtesy: Dr. Sankar Ghosh Dastidar


A traditional hookah carried from his village by a refugee.


A Treasure Chest (c) 1800s of a Hindu Refugee family from East Bengal/Bangladesh. One of the few items the family was able to bring to India.


Treasure Chest


Treasure Chest



Ghosh Bongsher Karika (Ghosh Family Chart) : This is a chart of almost 40 generations of Hindu Ghoshes of East Bengal, now Bangladesh. The chart goes back to many centuries - almost to First Millennium - before any of their neighbors took to Islam. Yet the 1947 partition drove almost all of them to India.


Banglar BrahmanKayastha O GhoshDastidar Bangsha (Bengal's Bramin-Kayastha and Ghosh Dastidar Family) by SriDskshinaRanjan GhoshDastidar, printed by SriSudhanghuRanjan Sengupta, Truth Press, 3 Nandan Road, Bhabanipur; Baisakh 1351 (April-May 1945). Price only 2 takas. 


Sample page of 30 generational of history of Basu-Roy-Choudhury Family of Ulpur, Bangladesh. All most all the families became homeless refugee in India after India/Bengal Partition in 1947
Courtesy: Mrs. Pratima Roy Choudhury


Sample page of 30 generational of history of Basu-Roy-Choudhury Family of Ulpur, Bangladesh. All most all the families became homeless refugee in India after India/Bengal Partition in 1947


Book on Basu-Roy-Choudhury Family
Parichoy: Ulpur Basu-Roy-Chowdhury-r Bangsa Parochoy, authored by SriSatindraNath Roychoudhury, published on 30 Baisakh 1344 (April-May 1938)
Courtesy: Ulpur Association of Kolkata, India


Family Chart of Sen Family of Krittipasha, Barisal
but mostly live in India now, after partition.


A sample page of Bhattacharya family chart. Bhattacharyas are indigenous to Brahmanbaria, eastern Bangladesh. For tens of generations Bhattacharyas lived in Brahmanbaria but fled to vivisected Hindu-majority India after 1947 partition.
Courtesy: Mr. Jahar Bhattacharya


Khonar Bachan (Words of Lady Khona - a Hindu sage) written by SriDebendraNath Mitra, published by Unnayan Bibhag (Development Department), Government of Bengal (in British India; First Edition, Chaitra of 1352 BS; March-April 1946.)  Introduction was written by S. M. Ishaq, Development Commissioner, Bengal. Words of Khona has influenced immensely the life of rural India, from planting of crops to home design to treatment of animals, plants and family members. (The book was priced 2 taka and 8 annas.)


Pre and Post-independence 
Indian stamps




Bangladesh stamps issued by the Government-in-Exile during Bangladesh Liberation War, 1971



Bangladesh stamps issued in honor of American Bicentennial  in 1976. 
(U.S. government opposed Bangladesh Liberation, supported the genocidal army of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and recognized Bangladesh many years after 1971. There was popular support for Liberation from the public though.)


A 1939 Property Deed of United Colonized British India.


The War of Independence 1857 conference - August of 2007 - poster of Peshawar University, Pakistan .

 

A Poster Reminding Atrocities of 1971.  
It says:
Pakistan Terrorizing Force's Destruction of the Historic Ramna Kali Mandir (Temple) and Anadamoyee Ashram. Bangladesh
It Hasn't Been Rebuilt even after 26 Years (1997)
Ramna Kali Bari temple is one of the oldest Kali mandirs (temples) anywhere.


First Diwali Stamp of U.S.A.



Painting of a Calcutta Street Scene, 1700s, from Victoria Memorial Museum, Kolkata (Calcutta)


First Day Cover, free India honoring 
Sri Aurobindo,  15-8-1964 (top)
and
Raja Ram Mohun Roy, 27-9-1964 (bottom)


First Day Cover, India, in Honor of Mahatma Gandhi, October 2, 1969










Rename London Tower in Kolkata to Kolkata Memorial Tower of London-Created Bengal Famine

Rename London Tower in Kolkata to Kolkata Memorial Tower of London-Created Bengal Famine

Concerned Kolkata Lovers


The Honorable Srimati Mamata Banerjee,
Chief Minister of PaschimBanga (West Bengal State), 
Nabanna, Shibpur, West Bengal, India
E-mail  : cm@wb.gov.in


Dear Honorable Chief Minister:  
We understand that Government of West Bengal has built a structure – London Tower – in Kolkata (Calcutta).
We are perplexed by this London symbol of that city which has oppressed India, and especially Kolkata, Bengalis and eastern Indians, for two centuries. From Vidyasagar to Vivekananda, from Bankim to Bipin, from Shyama Prasad to Subhas Bose, from Abul Kalam to Aruna Asaf Ali, and from Gandhi to GirindtaNath all resisted colonial oppression and their symbolism. London-created Hindu-Muslim partition of Bengal has cost millions of Bengali/Indian lives and displaced tens of millions from their homes. Hundreds of people were hanged by London rulers, hundreds of thousands imprisoned and millions more starved to death in the infamous Panchasher Mannantar – otherwise called manushya-krita durvikya or Man-created Bengal Famine of 1943-44 when Bengal had bumper crop yet London rulers starved millions of Bengalis to death for London’s revenge. (Recently after the release of Churchill-based films, maany critics pointed out the hypocrisy of London glorifying Churchill while he starved millions of Bengali-Indians to death.)
For two centuries Bengali/Indian nationalists fought against London’s tyranny for a united India, and we believe, West Bengalis still symbolize that spirit. Thus on behalf of my Indians including Bengali-Indians, Subcontinental and Bengali-American friends we would like to urge your West Bengal Government to rename that colonial symbol as KOLKATA MEMORIAL TOWER OF LONDON-CREATED BENGAL FAMINE OF 1943-44.
Thank you
Concerned Kolkata Lovers
c/o Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, New York, USA
http://www.ispad1947.org Email: ispad1947@gmail.com
(This request was sent to the Chief Minister in March 2019 by mail as well as on-line. During the 2019 Indian election Concerned Kolkata Lovers took a break .)
Please sign the petition:
https://assets.change.org/photos/6/ao/ye/njAOYEfzqpBHcby-1600x900-noPad.jpg?1551809919
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Rename London Tower in Kolkata to Kolkata Memorial Tower of London-Created Bengal Famine
Hard copy to the Chief Minister included a few pictures of British oppression and atrocity. Here are a few of those pictures from Andaman Cellular Prison sent to the Chief Minister:











Monday, June 3, 2019

Books, Journals & Other Publications of S G Dastidar

Books, Journals & Other Publications of S G Dastidar


Mukti: Free to be Born Again – Partitions of Indian Subcontinent, Islamism, Hinduism, Leftism and Liberation of the Faithful, Author House. Indiana; December 2015; ISBN 978-1-4969-4483-2/ 978-1-4969-4482-5/ 978-1-4969-4481-8  http://empireslastcasualty.blogspot.com/2015/12/mukti-free-to-be-born-again-partitions.html

Available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mukti-Partitions-Subcontinent-Islamism-Liberation-ebook/dp/B0178DD6BG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448802232&sr=8-1&keywords=mukti%3A+free+to+be+born+again

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mukti-sachi-dastidar/1122834558?ean=9781496944832


Editor, Partition Center Journal, Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, NY; October 2017


Editor, Partition Center Journal, Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, NY; October, 2016
http://empireslastcasualty.blogspot.com/2017/07/partition-center-journal.html



Editor, Partition Center Journal, Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, NY; October 2015


Memories of Homeland: Refugees of 1947 Bengal Partition in India, with Dr. Shefali S. Dastidar, Firma KLM Publishers, Kolkata, India; October 2015, ISBN 81-7102-179-4 http://empireslastcasualty.blogspot.com/2016/03/memoirs-of-homeland-refugees-of-1947.html

Availability: FirmaKLM.com of Kolkata, India and Partition Center (Ispad1947.org) of New York, U.S.A.


Editor, Partition Center Journal, Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, NY; October 2014   http://empireslastcasualty.blogspot.com/2016/07/partition-center-journal-2014-indian.html




Editor, Partition Center Journal, Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, NY; October 2013   http://empireslastcasualty.blogspot.com/2016/06/partition-center-journal-2013-indian.html



Ei Aamar Desh (This is my home [country]), publisher: JMS Enterprise, Calcutta 700 007, India 2013

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Editor, Journal of the Third Indian Subcontinent Partition Documentation Project, SUNY Old Westbury; October 2012   http://empireslastcasualty.blogspot.com/2016/06/partition-center-journal-2012-indian_69.html


Empire’s Last Casualty: Indian Subcontinent’s Vanishing Hindu and Other Minorities, Firma KLM Publishers, Kolkata (Calcutta)2008
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Living among the Believers: Stories from the Holy Land down the Ganges, Firma KLM Publishers, Kolkata (Calcutta) 2006   http://empireslastcasualty.blogspot.com/2008/12/living-among-believer-stories-from-holy.html
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Gandhi Smriti Anjali [Memorial Offering], Gandhi Ashram Trust, Bangladesh, 2003. It is a bilingual English-Bengali booklet on Mahatma Gandhi’s life and on his peace mission to Noakhali district [now Bangladesh] in 1946 in colonial India after an anti-Hindu pogrom in British India. This is the official publication of the Gandhi National Museum, Gandhi Ashram, Noakhali, Bangladesh. It contains a major article by the author.
Availability: at the Museum.


Central Asian Journal of Management, Economics and Social Research [CENMES Journal], Premier Issue, January 2000, published by KIMEP Press, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 2000.
          This yearly Journal was conceived, organized, promoted, refereed and edited by the aauthor. It is the first English-language academic/research journal of Central Asia.
Availability: Unavailable


A Aamaar Desh [This is My Home, in Bengali],
     College Street Publication, Calcutta, India, 1998
Availability: Sold out


Bengal Studies 1994: Essays on Economics, Society & Culture, Editor, Old Westbury Foundation, Long Island, New York, 1996

Availability: Sold out


Calcutta 300 Kolkata: Memoirs of a Diverse City, Overseas Tribute to Calcutta on Her Tercente­nary, (Editor),  South Asia Forum of North America, New York & Washing­ton D.C., 1992

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Ai Bangla, Oi Bangla [This Bengal, That Bengal], Tulat Publisher, Calcutta, India, 1991   http://empireslastcasualty.blogspot.com/2009/11/ai-bangla-oi-bangla-this-bengal-that.html

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1990  Regional Disparities and Regional Development Planning of West Bengal, with Dr. Shefali S. Dastidar, Firma KLM Publishers, Calcutta, West Bengal State, India, 1990
Availability: Sold out