A NOTE TO MY NEWER STUDENTS:
The age difference between me and you is like a 'generation gap'. Most of you were born after I had arrived in the USA; I may require to explain a few points in case you did not know !!!!
What was my issue with the UIC? Let's put this way ----- Marital problem. It's like saying whether I should get a job with my wife, or another individual should get job as someone else's husband. Everyone has to face the same problem in their late twenties! So what's the issue? I believe that UIC recruitment was in a way that was "unfair and unwise"! So I decided to go "independent way" ----- doing my own research (dhanda)!
What's the tension with the students in various colleges in Bangalore? Nothing serious! Some crooked boys feel that I was too strict, as they have to attend all of my boring lectures! Some flirtatious girls believe that I should be more open and tolerant about their communications and body languages. In either case, since they do not like me, they are free to call me Bokachoda Ganguli --- a nickname that amuses me! No offence made either way!
Why is it that I do not like RV College, Ramaih College and Kolkata? Some old fogies think that I was a "loose character chhokra" (flirtatious boy). That's why I maitain some distance. Period.
What is the "Center for Marxist Analysis" in my CV? It's no big deal! To avail of fair opportunity with an American Reublican, I have to disclose "Church" and political inclinations. Moreover, since I availed opportunities in the US defence installations, Police agencies (e.g. FBI) could "index" me! In case of any criminal problems, I shall be treated at par with The KKK ----- meaning same punishment for same crime!
What are the issues with the KKK? Though I avoid jokes about Indian Statesmen, I had, in the past, made jokes about KKK and PLO through this page --- they took me as a Western (French?) columnist, and there were no complaints. This means that they could be at ease with me! My views on the KKK are as follows. I tend to agree that they believe that the white race, with or without the voluntary or involuntary labour of another race, had provided the leadership in building the Euro-American civilization that could provide employment for me and my students. However KKK, in the past, had been unpopular due to the violence they committed against the Jews, Catholics, and Blacks ---- and they might not vow not to take violent action against the Indians. As an individual, I support their "freedom of speech", "freedom of thought" and "academic freedom" as long as they support my freedom! However I wish to add, that wisemen in other religions (e.g. Hindu/Islam/Jews) had been wealthy, happy and successful without the help of whitemen! In case of racial identities, I want to be treated as "Chicago Irish Cathloic" ; and I voluntarily relinquish my US minority priviledges , that might be acquired by birth! (In fact I intimated a fedral judge about issue while I was in Chicago)
What is wrong with "Marxist Analysis"? Absolutely nothing. Marxists work with CIA and Mossad as well, not just with KGB and PLO! Marxists could work with Republicans and Democrats, not just among the homeless. Usually those who are rich, become Republicans; those who are white- collar salaried, become Democrats; and those who could not succeed with their competition, but have no violent attitude towards their richer friends, become small guys like me. In fact I wanted to contest for public office in the city of Chicago (e.g. public school borad etc.). I cherish similar ambition everywhere I call my home. That's why Buddha-Jyoti might call me "nichutala" (entry level). NO Bengali neither any other Indian kicked me out of Chicago or UIC. I might still go back if the job and salary were good!
How does it concern you? Not in a big way until you associate with me in deeper and more intimate terms. In any case I expect fair salary as a lecturer; and you should claim fair pay with me. I support your fair opportunity; ---- that's why some people call me "subidhabadi party " (opportunist party).
How about the "gap" in my CV? There is no gap. Since 1995 I wanted to continue, without support from federal agencies like NSF or NIH, independent post-doctoral research. Some believe I have 10 years of international post-doctoral research experience, others believe that I was bullshitting. In either case I was not sucessful in financial terms. However if I publish a couple of good research papers, there should be no controversies regrading my academic and professional background!
Motto of "Center for Marxist Analysis" is not to dilute the efforts of Republicans; in stead I encourage multi-lingual quality education, (with German and Greek emphasis on quality). Accordingly I encourage teaching and learning of classical languages (e.g. Sanskrit). All I can say that I was not competitive. Some would argue that I could never do better, and hence I have to focus doing something else. A reason why some leftists might call me "revisionists". But I am not sure if I would do better in their way.
How about the majority- minority issue? For example if a loner Republican were to study in Haldia Engg College (near Kolkata) (almost cent percent Marxists), how would he do? How did I do as a loner at the UIC? Remember UIC and Illinois State were Republican majority ..... and I was nobody to reckon with. My problems at UIC were not due to the majority; honestly, were something else affecting my health and happiness. Communists rarely express sympathy for minority rights (except as a tool for political manoevre); they care about broad public issues, not about my job!
How about the equality, hierarchy, bureaucracy, democracy and all? First of all I rarely talk big words in my little mouth. In any case, H.H. The Pope is the infallible leader of a devout Catholic; H.E. The King of Britain takes responsibility of leading the English; and Mr. Jyoti Basu is the undisputed patriach of the CPIM. These statements are not just "ideas", but are "realities"! How can I be equal to any one of them, and in what sense? I do not know all the answers, but I believe that only a wiseman can deal with confusion (or dialectics) with hierarchy and equality.
What's the issue with the IIT's bla bla bla. I had known a dozen Bhatnagar Awardees, and at least the same number of Nobel Laureates. Why is it that I do not get jacked up?IIT-IISc are managed from Delhi, not Mysore or Kolkata. They are not like my mom to spoon -feed me. They don't, and have no reasons to, care for my career, comfort and sex life. In essence I have to mind my own business! That's why I do not go near any big people any more!
September 15, 2008.