Satyendranath Bose

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EiSamay, January 2, 2018: The Times of India

Indian physicist Padma Vibhushan Satyendranath Bose introduced the world to 'Boson particles' and created the famous 'Bose-Einstein theory' with Albert Einstein.

Celebration of birth anniversary

A neglect by West Bengal?

EiSamay, January 2, 2018: The Times of India

His 125th birth anniversary remained practically forgotten in West Bengal, which is usually keen on celebrating the birth and death anniversaries of great men.

An officer of the state cultural department, on condition of anonimity, confirmed that Bose is missing from the list of great leaders whom the state government pays tribute. To cover up this gross negligence, the state government has now decided to organise a two-day science seminar in his memory on March 24 and 25 at Science City.

Even the Universities of Calcutta and Jadavpur have declared that they will organise programmes to mark the brilliant scientist's 125th birth anniversary, in what can be seen as damage control.

It is noteworthy that the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre did remember the scientist, with PM Modi conveying his wishes on the occassion. But while the message contained a picture of the PM, Bose's picture did not feature in the advertisement.

Additionally, it was only the central government which took the initiative to inaugurate a year-long celebration at the SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, which PM Modi launched via video conferece on January 1.

"Boson theory will be discussed even on doomsday. But not a single candle was lit in front of his statue behind Scottish Church College. This is a shame," said scientific research historian Asish Lahiri.

"How can people forget a person like Satyen Bose," exclaimed scientist Somak Roychowdhury.

The current state of affairs is indeed ironic when one remembers scientist Prasanta Chandra Mahalnabish's words about the great physicist: "Always take Satyendranath Bose's name with reverence as India has not yet given birth to a scientist of his merit."

(by Saberi Gupta, with special inputs from Kaushik Sarkar, Snehasis Neogi, Parthasarathi Sengupta)

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