SILCHAR, Sept 22 - The efforts and determination of Bharat Kesri Dr Syama Prasad Mookherjee, the founder president of Bharatiya Jana Sangh was instrumental in saving Bengal from the edges of getting divided as he fought with resilience against the policies of the first government of free India under Jawaharlal Nehru, said Dr Anirban Ganguly, director of Dr Syama Prasad Mookherjee Research Foundation, New Delhi.
While delivering a talk on �Dr Syama Prasad Mookherjee: Contribution and Struggle for Indian Nationhood�, the first of the lecture series entitled �Bharat Garv� organised by Jookto, a socio-cultural organisation earlier this month in Silchar, Dr Ganguly reflected upon the relevance of Dr Mookherjee in the present day political landscape of India with reverence.
In his address, Dr Ganguly threw light on the way how Dr Mookherjee ensured that West Bengal and Assam remained in India. �The relevance of Dr Syama Prasad Mookherjee, the visionary personality is not a thing of the past. It was because of his bold leadership that we still have States like West Bengal and Assam within the geography of independent India.
Interestingly, Dr Ganguly drew a parallel between the spirit of sacrifice and commitment of Dr Mookherjee with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, �Our Prime Minister carries the same attitude and farsighted approach to lead India.�
The inaugural session of the event was chaired by Prof Dilip Chandra Nath, Vice Chancellor of Assam University Silchar who lauded the efforts of Subimal Bhattacharjee, the director of Jookto for such a noble initiative. Dr KP Chakraborty, who was once the polling agent of Dr Mookherjee, also shared his experiences of working with the legendary political personality.