About Sabarna Roy
Sabarna Roy is a trained Civil Engineer and graduated with a First Class Honours Civil Engineering Degree from Jadavpur University in 1988. He is presently working as Senior Vice President and is in the 26th year of his employment with Electrosteel Group.
Sabarna Roy is an author of critically acclaimed bestselling literary fiction of seven published books. They are: Pentacles; Frosted Glass; Abyss; Winter Poems; Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018; Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020, and Fractured Mosaic.
Sabarna Roy has two technical books to his name, titled: (i) Articles on Ductile Iron Pipelines and Framework Agreement Methodology, and (ii) Technological Trends in Water Sector for a Sustainable Solution.
He has been awarded the Literoma Laureate Award in 2019, Literoma Star Achiever Award 2020, Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018 won the best book of the year 2019, the A List Award for excellence in fiction by the NewsX Media House, Certificate for The Real Super Heroes for spreading a spirit of positivity and hope during the COVID-19 Pandemic from Forever Star India Award 2020, and the Certificate for Participation in the Indo Russian Friendship Celebration 2020, the Literoma Golden Star Award 2020: Lifetime Achievement, and the Certificate of Appreciation for featuring in the Hall of Fame of Literoma International Symposium on Literature & Festival 2020, and the Times Eminent Writer of the Year award by The Times of India Group in Kolkata in February 2021.
Sabarna is one of the winners of the Champions of Change 2020 Award given out by Interactive Forum on Indian Economy supported by Government of India.
Sabarna is one of the recipients of Economic Times News Makers 2021 (Eastern Region), Top 10 Most Influential Business Leaders of 2021 given out by Business World and ANI in association with the Indian Alert and Times Excellence Award 2021 in Indian Literature given out by the Times Group, and Professional Excellence Award in the Aqua Excellence Award 2021 given out by the Aqua Foundation.
Sabarna, by the end of this year, is coming up with his 8thliterary work: A Marriage, An Affair, and A Friendship, and his third technical book, titled: Emerging Environmental Technologies and Policies.
Sometimes the mind goes blank. Empty. Void. Vacuum. This makes the mind opaque to external events. After a few moments the present fills up the mind with details in a gush. The time pockets of emptiness form a unique pattern. They punctuate the events stored inside the mind with sudden gaps of emptiness. As one grows older these time pockets grow in frequency. But it varies from person to person. The pattern or the trajectory that these pockets form play a role in the structure of what we will remember and what we will forget in the future years.
My take on some of the recent events are as follows: –
Chairmanship of FTII – FTII is a centre of excellence. There are a few teething administrative concerns in FTII that require the engagement and leadership of the top Management. But Gajendra Chauhan must go. He is absolutely unfit to be the Chairman of FTII because of his lack of education in cinema in all its myriad aspects. He is a shameless creature latching on to the post in spite of the continued protests by the students and eminent personalities of India. FTII is under the MHRD, which is run by Smriti Irani. The actions expose her and her party clearly.
Sheena Bora’s Murder Case – It is a Shakespearian plot. Lust and greed for money (which all of us are prey to) are at the centre. There are also political and administrative cover ups involved in the case. All of a sudden, the DGP-Home Guards and Mumbai Commissioner of Police have been interchanged. Nobody is clear about the who, how and why of the case. But the Times Now Channel is spending too much time on the story.
MM Kalburgi’s Murder Case – It is a heinous crime and a gross failure of the state machinery. The right wing radical forces and the Hindu fundamentalists are becoming too active under the BJP regime. The space for the free thinkers and rationalists is squeezing. It is a time to raise our voice for the sake of an egalitarian society to survive in India.
Meera-Bhayander Meat Ban – This is a laughable act at the least. Congress started this in 1994 with a two-day ban during the Jain Festival. Now, the BJP administrators have extended it to an eight-day ban. Some kind of an obnoxious absurdity is going on. Such bans have no meaning. Nobody can decide somebody’s choice of food till such time that is illegal and / or inhuman. There will be substantial loss of commerce because of this ban. This ban is also against basic common sense. The ban should be resisted, but not from the platform of the Shiv Sena or the MNS.
I am deeply affected by the withering away and the systematic decimation of various countries and their civilizations. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Nigeria … and, the list is endless. This has been because of conquest based politics practised by the super-rich countries and their adjuncts. Oil and territorial supremacy are at the centre of it all. It has given rise to Political Islam: a vicious concoction of militancy and fundamentalist religious beliefs put in place by the strategists and propagandists of the West and their compradors (reason being, manipulation of the Cold War), to fuel a chain of violence all across the world making the en-masse Muslim population of the world hostage to adverse public opinion. This violence has further strengthened the nations to create a public opinion in favour of large military funding and commerce. Political Islam was a creation of the West and it has now gone out of control.
If the destiny of the human civilization was to construct the foundations of dislocation, impoverishment, injustice, spiralling web of violence and destruction of civilizations, then I hope it is high time to ponder the trajectory in which all of us have been moving. However, my personal opinion is we have gone beyond the time limit.
One of the most enduring dialogues of Hindi cinema is: Jo dargaya woh mar gaya! Meaning – One who gives in to fear is dead! It was mouthed by a jungle baddie, wild-eyed heartless bandit, Gabbar Singh. Gabbar, as a word always reminds me of another Hindi word: gubbara, meaning – balloon! How many balloons of ruthless toxins can make one Gabbar – is anybody’s guess. Gabbar was in direct conflict with an upper-class landlord, also perceived by his villagers as their sole protector against the merciless ploys of Gabbar taxing them perpetually on their farm yields (thus confronting the landlord economically because the ownership of the farmlands must be with the Thakur – the landlord). Ironically, this landlord is also a senior policeman of an emerging Republic constitutionally mandated to do away with the zamindari system and more significantly this Thakur having lost both his hands to Gabbar’s gut-wrenching violence employs two urban, fearless, extremely good-looking, sexy criminals in his personal war against Gabbar Singh. Well, we all know the story for we have seen this over-hyped film many, many times over. What I like to ponder is Gabbar’s unique identification of fear as a thin dividing line between what we experience as life (as in existing) and our mental speculation of what death is or can be (which among the ravines where Gabbar lived with his gang facing the ravages of nature first-hand can be almost equivalent to actual dying).
Modernity is approximately 250 years old. It has thrived on the burgeoning industrial societies all across the globe. Industry is all about producing more and more at the least cost possible and selling all that has been produced irrespective of the real requirement and in the process making and accumulating enormous private wealth. To legitimize these actions there have to be supportive nation-state structures and those have happened under our very nose irrespective of the extent to which industry has destroyed the nature. We are constantly talking of shifting climatic and weather patterns, irreversible impacts of global warming and signing various energy and environmental protocols without following any of their provisions or doing anything about the root causes. To top these, one has to add the impact of the stockpile of nuclear arsenal that we have compiled already including the underground tests that are being carried out regularly by the powerful group of nation-states. Industrial society has accelerated greed, competition, consumption, war and reckless and hedonistic lifestyles like never before. Above all, it has concentrated wealth, access to privileges and power to live in style among a few who are actually running the corporations as well as the nation-states – directly and indirectly. Industrial society has not made us happy. Smokestacks and factories have not made us happy. Banks have not made us happy. Departmental stores and shopping malls have not made us happy. Gizmos and gadgets have not made us happy. Investments and insurance policies have not made us happy. Huge apartments have not made us happy. What will make us happy? We know intrinsically what will make us happy, don’t we? Yet, we will not be allowed to choose them as that might bring down the edifice of corporations and nation-states, which sell us false dreams. The fact is: we have to make a return. That will require tremendous energy and resolve. We have to start with collaboration and not competition.
Order of a Familial Life. Chaos of a Lustful Life. The two extremes of the Pendulum that governed my Life until a few years back. I have broken free, now. Jumped from the Trapeze and surrendered to the Boundless Music of Universal Gravity. There are different Stories and new Music to be learnt and tell. Between this Story and that Story there are other Stories.
Let us break the dirty balls of a few nuts – like Raza Academy (supported by MIM of Hyderabad) who claim to be the vanguards of the Indian Muslims (of course, a misplaced claim) and BJP and BJP supported right wing outfits in Tamil Nadu who similarly (falsely) claim to be the vanguards of Hinduism (which, I say, is not a religion at all but actually a strain of philosophy, as is explicit from the wide-ranging texts of the Upanishads and the Vedas that was more or less converted to a dogmatic organized religion by the revisionists of the 12th / 13th Century)!
From BBC Website –
Indian musician and composer AR Rahman has responded to criticism against him for composing music for a film on Prophet Muhammad.
Rahman’s response which he posted on Facebook said he composed the music in “good faith”.
The Raza Academy in Mumbai said it issued a “fatwa” against Rahman and the Iranian director of the film Majid Majidi.
The institute also wrote to the Indian government, seeking a ban on the film.
The Oscar winning composer and musician was born a Hindu, but converted to Islam in 1989 at age 23, changing his name from RS Dileep Kumar to Allah Rakha Rahman.
Correspondents say his decision to make a public statement on Facebook is interesting, given that the musician generally steers clear of media interviews and talking about his beliefs. Although Rahman is active on social media, he usually uses it to promote his latest work or to point people to other interesting compositions.
In his statement Rahman said, “What, and if, I had the good fortune of facing Allah and He were to ask me on Judgement Day: I gave you faith, talent, money, fame and health… why did you not do music for my beloved Muhammad film? A film whose intention is to unite humanity, clear misconceptions and spread my message that life is about kindness, about uplifting the poor, and living in the service of humanity and not mercilessly killing innocents in my name.”
From IBN Live Website –
Chennai: The BJP and political outfits in Tamil Nadu have warned the actor (Rajinikanth) against accepting the offer from leading Kannada producer Ashok Kheny to play the lead role in a film on Tipu Sultan.
The BJP calls the 18th century ruler anti-Tamil. Rajinikanth is yet to decide on the project, but the director has strongly defended the move.
During an exclusive interaction with CNN IBN, producer Ashok Kheny was asked if he had approached superstar Rajnikanth for a film on Tipu Sultan.
“I talked to Rajinikanth before he fell sick. So we discussed various issues including which films to do. And one of the subjects that we looked at was Shivaji, and various other films. And then realized that all the films that we talked about were historical and had a conflict between Hindus and Muslims. It was either Muslim king fighting against Hindu king or Hindu king fighting against Muslim king. Then we came across Tipu and we realized that he was the only king with whom Hindus and Muslim supported to fight a foreign king. Then we thought what an idea to make a film on Tipuand no better to star other than Rajinikanth,” he said.
BJP national secretary H Raja too raised concerns about Rajinikanth’s Tipu Sultan film. “Tipu Sultan was a tyrant, a murderer… So if someone is making a film showing Tipu as a hero then it is distortion of history,” he said.
When CNN-IBN spoke to Rajiniknth’s publicist he said the star is completely immersed in shooting his upcoming film ‘Kabali’ and he has had no chance to look at the script because the filmmaker is yet to write the script.
In Lebanon and across the Mideast, marriage remains highly valued but economic pressures have turned weddings into costly burdens.
So powerful brokers have stepped in from militant groups, political parties and even among government officials to bankroll large-scale ceremonies in which dozens — sometimes even hundreds — of couples tie the knot.
China’s cybersex slaves
An estimated 60 percent of the thousands of North Korean women smuggled into China end up trapped in the sex trade. Promised job opportunities, they are instead sold to pimps who increasingly force them to work in cybersex dens.
If they try to escape, they are sent back to North Korea, where they face torture and incarceration in labor camps.
Case study: Lee Jin-hui, 20, said she had left North Korea in 2017 for what she thought was a waitressing job in China. But for more than two years, she was forced to perform sex acts before a webcam, all day, every day, bringing in $820 a week for her pimp.
She said she was never allowed to leave her apartment and was beaten and denied food if she failed to make enough money. She and a fellow captive fled to Laos in August with the help of a Christian pastor from South Korea.
Kashmiri residents: Attacked from two sides
The Indian government has started to lift some of the restrictions that it imposed in Kashmir last month, as it wiped out the region’s autonomy.
But now a small band of militant separatists have started enforcing their own restrictions, ordering people not to go to work or even leave their homes in an effort to keep Kashmir paralyzed and tense. Some threaten or attack civilians — in one case shooting a 5-year-old girl.
Takeaway: The separatists’ campaign exposes Kashmiri residents, who have already complained about torture and abuse at the hands of Indian security forces, to yet another violent force.
Context: The restive region has seen similar cycles in the past, with insurgents repeatedly rising up against Indian rule and trapping residents in a constant state of fear.
Fallout from the attacks on Saudi oil plants
Eyes are on oil as markets open for the week, but this much is clear: Drone attacks on two Saudi Aramco facilities could raise prices. Rapid Saudi repairs could minimize global disruptions.
The Trump administration used the attacks, which were claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, to lash out against Iran. Iran forcefully rejected that charge.
The finger-pointing adds to rising tensions between Tehran and Washington.
The Houthis are part of a complex regional dynamic in the Middle East. The rebel force receives support from Iran in its fight against a Saudi-backed coalition that is aligned with the U.S. The conflict turned into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.