Amartya Sen releases book on Netaji at Kolkata Town Hall

Kolkata, July 8 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS) Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on Friday night released a book on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at the Town Hall here while the function was charged up by a sudden appearance of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The biography of one of India’s greatest freedom fighters and his struggle for the Indian independence has been penned by historian and Netaji’s own grand nephew Sugata Bose, the Gardiner Professor of Oceanic History and Affairs at Harvard University.

[ReviewAZON asin=”0674060474″ display=”inlinepost”]In the book titled “His Majesty’s Opponent- Subhas Chandra Bose and India’s Struggle Against Empire” the  life and legacy of the freedom hero was analysed by the author.
Netaji’s intellectual impact on the political, social and moral aspect in the nationalist politics  has been captured in the book, he said as he read out portions of the book.

The book is a portrait of a man, whose public and private life encapsulated the contradictions of world history in the first half of the twentieth century, said Bose.

Chief Minister  Mamata Banerjee was a surprise guest at the event.

The Nobel laureate delivered a short yet powerful speech about “Netaji” and the newly published book.

“This wonderful book makes a major contribution to the understanding of the political, social and moral commitments of Netaji,” said  Sen.

Aspen Institute India with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organized the event.

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Amartya Sen, Mamata Banerjee

(Reporting and photos by Subhajit Das)

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