SILCHAR, Dec 21: Globalization and liberal economy might be the order of the day, its adverse impact could be felt in not so distant future in our country, observed former Education Minister of West Bengal Kanti Biswas. Biswas said this while delivering his key note address on the theme “Globalization and socio-economic scenario of India” as a chief guest at a function organized at Paul Sadan here in order to commemorate the memory of communist leader and a social activist Dwijendralal Sengupta who was also the chairman of the Silchar Municipal Board.
The occasion was significant as a memorial book dedicated to the various achievements and works of the eminent comrade was also released. The book was released by distinguished poet and writer Anurupa Biswas. Elaborating on the subject, Kanti Biswas pointed out that despite all the tall claims by the government about the significant surge in the Indian economy and the fast changing social uplift of masses, the ground reality was different.
Biswas quoted from records and reports to say that even after more than 62 years of independence, 77 per cent people continue to grovel in the mire of poverty and their daily income on an average is Rs 20 only. The highest number of child labour, he pointed out, is in this country. He also said globalization in fact was a part of the design of America to capture the world market and reduce the developing countries as well as underdeveloped as its colonies in order to dominate the economy and dictate its terms to others. He also debunked the growth chart of the country in respect of industrial advancement as a myth since it could not be sustained for long against American imperialism. According to him, India was falling a prey to the machination of Washington. He called upon the masses of the country to unite and strengthen the movement to free India economically from the onslaught of capitalism and imperialism. Assam University Vice-Chancellor Dr Tapodhir Bhattacharya, while speaking as a guest of honour, described Dwijendralal Sengupta as a frontline communist leader whose entire course of life was full of action and eventful. The great leader was a source of inspiration to present day youths since he dedicated his life to the cause of the downtrodden and the proletariat.
Others who spoke on the occasion included former MLA Nishith Ranjan Das, who presided over the function, Rama Sengupta, Dipak Bhattacharjee, Samiran Acharjee and Anil Kumar Chakraborty. THE SENTINEL