The geographical entity now called West Bengal was once the seat of an ancient civilization going back a millennia. More recently, it has been the cradle of the Indian Renaissance, going back a few hundred years. Presently, it has turned into a land of chaos with daily street demonstrations, constant state-sponsored strikes, and enormous political meetings, along with corruption (with the highest black to white money ratio inside India, bribery at all levels, most intensively in the real estate and mining sectors), and criminalization (unruly, jobless, and drunk youth gangs, hundreds killed, inspired by political parties, extortion, kidnapping, and Maoist violence). This has been and still is a land with great promise and potential—a land of natural beauty (the Himalayas, dense mangrove forests with Royal Bengal tigers, a river-rich and very green landscape), mineral resources, and most importantly rich and diverse genetic material (from the synthesis of three main ethnic groups—Negroid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid). Throughout the millennia, the migration of different races, different religions, and different cultures into this area has been a dominant phenomenon. It is perhaps more extensive and varied here than anywhere else in the world. We need to find a way out of this mess and into a period of creativity.
|Keywords:||West Bengal, Chaos, Corruption, Criminalization, Migration, Negroid, Mongoloid, Caucasoid, Genetic Material|
Research Professor, Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology and the Techno-India Group, Kolkata, West Bengal, India