An evening with a professor and a politician

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When was the last time you heard of a meritorious student, etched in academic brilliance opt for a walk of life riddled with conflicts, chaos and unending challenges? You might argue, rarely but not unheard of. And I would agree. For before Congress became a circus of revolving clowns, we did boast of the very geniuses entering politics with the bare dare of the very courageous. But times have changed. The shoeshine boys have been replaced by the rugged, the rustic, the ridiculous many mouthing tons of rubbles.

Interacting with Tathagata Roy, chief engineer, lawyer, author and professor turned full time politician was thus a refreshing saunter into the good old vintage days of Indian politics. I caught him one reluctant New York summer, close to an evening… the breeze a gentle tease, the wounded sky destined for the dark. We huddled and let him speak.

But for the followers of facts and figures, some statistics first.

If you have heard of Professor Roy then you are either from West Bengal, or an engineer affiliated with the first metro rail of the country or a lover of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the erstwhile founder of the Bharatya Jana Sangh.  On the other hand if you haven’t heard of him, I won’t blame you. For he is neither the one to thunder the podium, nor the genre to generate “Friends Romans, countrymen lend me your ears’ kind of response.

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