Professor Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay, a veteran of West Bengal’s academic ambience, died suddenly due to a sudden fall at his residence in Northern hub of Kolkata. During the evening hours of November 28, 2023. Professor Mukhopadhyay had five decades of teaching experience at this glorious academic institution of Kolkata. He had his education at erstwhile Presidency College and later on at London School of Economics and Political Economy. Later on Presidency College became his life and soul. He was also instrumental in converting erstwhile Presidency College into Presidency University. Finally Presidency College became Presidency University in the year 2010 on July 7.
During his five decades span of teaching career, Professor Amal Mukhopadhyay imparted to his students the art of discipline and transparency. This has no doubt imbibed in his students’ sophistry and purity of soul with the objective to seek enlightenment in life. One of his most popular student was Buddhadeb Bhattacharyya, one of the honest chief minister of an Indian state of West Bengal. Once in an interview to a private television channel he highlighted positives and negatives of Bhattacharyya.
Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay during his five decades old teaching career had multiple achievements to his credit. Among all some of the common ones are stated as such, ethics among his students, beginning of IAS coaching in erstwhile Presidency College and later Presidency University, imbibing bonds of friendship and fraternities among his students, he always tried to better his Alma Matar, Professor Mukhopadhyay always sought benefit from state government to upgrade the pride and prestige of PC and later on PU etc.
Professor Amal Mukhopadhyay apart from being a highly rated teacher he was prolific writer of repute. In various English and Bengali dailies of India and West Bengal he wrote various types of articles. He has upgraded the standard of Indian constitution through his various writings. Though he earned his PHD from London University, his mind was very much upon Kolkata and West Bengal. In the subsequent paragraph let me state about the books written by Professor Mukhopadhyay.
The books which Professor Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay wrote are stated as such, An Introduction to Political Theory, Nana Ronger Bhabna (various thoughts), My daughters Dad, Paschatya Rashtrachinta Parikrama (Evaluation of Western Political Thought), Two Treatises on Man’s Life and Freedom, Western Political Thought, The Bengali Intellectual Tradition, from Raja Rammohan Roy to Dhirendra Nath Sen, Western Political Thought from Plato to Marx, Western Political Thought: From Ancient Greeks to Political Scientists and Comparative Government and Politics, Metaphysics, Morals and Politics, An Inquiry into the ideas of T.H.Green and Shilpa, Sahitya and Samaj,( Art, Literature and Society). There are details of many other books written by Late Professor Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay, such as The Ethics of Obedience (1967), Society and Politics in Contemporary India (Edited1974),Political Sociology (1977), The Bengali Intellectual Tradition (Edited1979) and finallyThe Political Miscellany (Edited 1986).
This writer had the pleasure of glancing over his various articles in various English and Bengali dailies of the nation. In his every writing Late Professor always preached the gospel of truth and ethics. Though many have imbibed his thoughts. Among all some have utilised in its positive aspects, whereas there are many who have not been successful in their endeavour. It is our misfortune we lost this savant all of a sudden. Anyhow we must have candid admittance from the back of our mind. That when our times elapses in this world, all of us have to depart for eternal peace. In the same manner Professor Mukhopadhyay had this fate. But the modern writers and rationalists who followed his path always opine that we will receive his blessings. Wherever he remains, let the departed soul be at peace.
Sujayendra Das is a columnist
based in Kolkata, India.