DPC, a philosopher and scholar-politician remembered by scholars around the world

As condolences poured in from his former students and admirers around the world, a doctor reminded them of his role in passing the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act when he was Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Health. Union Health.

There were no messages of condolence from India’s President Ramnath Kovind or Prime Minister Narendra Modi, despite serving as governor of Rajasthan in the early 1990s and being honored with Padma Vibhushan in 2009 The national media didn’t even bother to carry the news of his disappearance.

Chattopadhyay did his Masters in Philosophy, LL.B and Ph.D from the University of Calcutta and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. Of the 35 plus books he wrote, several are still highly regarded internationally in academic circles. Some of the acclaimed books he wrote include “Individuals and Societies: A Methodological Inquiry” (1967), “History, Individuals and World” (1976), “Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx: Integral Sociology and Dialectical Sociology” (1988) , “Anthropology and Historiography of Science” (1990), “Sociology, Ideology and Utopia” (1997) and “In Defense of Ancient Indian Materialism”.

He was a life member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a member of the International Institute of Philosophy in Paris.

Prime Minister Indira Gandhi recruited progressive scholars to Congress in the late 1960s, such as Chattopadhyay when he was a professor of philosophy at Jadavpur University. During the emergency, he chose to return to academics.

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