Prof. LRD were not there to speak
on socialism, capitalism, mixed economy and the other grooved
thought process/ideas clamoring for their infallibility which
are basically borrowed ideas from abroad and do not have their
roots in our soil. He would rather speak and address
economic/political/business issues in the Indian context after
in depth studies/analysis and in depth macro and micro
analysis under local condition. He was a great reader and
thinker. The works of Marxism, Leninism, works of Gandhi were
all his subject of studies. He strongly believed that
direction of one individual and groomed thought process cannot
address all issues. He was specifically attracted to the works
of Swami Vivekananda & Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. He was
totally committed and believed in ‘Gyanjoga’. He was not among
those who likes to gain political mileage from empty words
from the platform of a political leader. He would not also
believed that the industrialists are not untouchable. He would
constantly strike on the social responsibility of the business
men/value generator. He would often complain that our
industrialists claim for privatization in all matters and
would seek for their own protection from competition for their
personal gain at the cost of the consumers.
Prof. LRD lost his parents at his early age and was brought up
by his father like figure of his elder brother Prof.
Manoranjan Dasgupta within a joint family background. He
ranked in M.A (Commerce) from Calcutta University in 1939 and
joined teaching profession in the year 1940.
Just after independence (1947) he got the offer to join in the
foreign services, he could not avail the opportunity due to
his strong commitment towards his joint family. He however
went to UK for undergoing Teacher’s Training Program for
Commerce studies. After his return from UK, he published his
book on ‘Business Education’. He was attached to City Commerce
College for more than 40 years and was associated with CU for
20 years. He also a faculty member in the Institute of Social
Welfare & Business Administration. He was associated with a
leading Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years. Prof. LRD
often used to say in his own way (East Bengal dialect) ‘Are
you a teacher by choice or a teacher under compulsion.’ If you
belong to second category, please go else where and leave the
profession. In his book ‘Our Society, Conflict & Cohesion’, he
has opened up his thought process and sets his fundamental
disposition of his distilled wisdom. He has introduced the
word ‘Social Commitment of the Business World which has become
buzz word today’. He came up with his bold suggestion that
there should be a minimum qualification of the
Parliamentarians, Industrial & other decision makers and other
In the interface between nationalism & internationalism, he as
expounded the idea of ‘Localism’. He would fearlessly
pronounced ‘one need not be less national to be more local’.
He would always pronounced what he himself practices.
Time comes when one has to look back to the past to distill
his thought process and profusely acknowledge his debt to few
genius who gives not only his wisdom but rather his
faith/conviction during the formative days of our carrier.
Prof. Lokaranjan Dasgupta (popularly known as LRD) is one of
the few who lead us to the threshold in the business world. I
know there are thousands of my friends who had the opportunity
to come closure to him during the different phase of the
academic life. We very few, however, can probably claim to
take back along with us few sparks of his distilled wisdom and
applied in practice in the business world in India and abroad.
Today on 6TH May 2005 on his 90TH birth anniversary, we
thought it appropriate to release few waves of thoughts from
the chest of our sealed memory lane and invite others to join
us who happen to came closure to this towering personality to
write back something in this web site (www.texproindia.com),
which can remain for ever for the posterity.
By: S. C.
Ex General Manager,
Price WaterHouse & Coopers
Texpro (India), a knowledge base organization believes in
the mission and vision of Late Prof. Lokaranjan Dasgupta
and place this memorabilia in his honor. The knowledge
group intends to translate his ideas into action, which is
relevant even today in the backdrop of the vast gap
between have and have not. An article of Late LRD, written
in the year 1948 when he was 33 years is set out below,
which would give an insight of his exceptional visionary,
patriotism and foresight. Texpro (India) invites article
on such socio-economic issues, which are relevant now.
Freedom we have got. Speculation
as to our future may be interesting but nonetheless difficult.
We therefore feel shy to make any hazardous prophecy as to
shape of things to come or as to the character and extent of
mutual adjustment that the future will demand of the different
classes of our people, in order to evolve a stronger, better
and happier India playing her rightful role in the comity of
nations. But one thing seems to be certain, that there can not
be a peaceful and better India, if the gross inequalities
among the economic giants and the pigmies cannot be suitably
and substantially reduced.
All classes and sections of people have fought for the freedom
of the country for sixty years, under the banner of Indian
National Congress. After achievement of freedom there has been
almost a race among the different class interests for
realization of their own advantages. Nobody seems to think in
terms of national interests, though everyone attempts to cloak
his demands in terms of national uplift and development. The
common man (as if those who use it are all uncommon!) has been
the worse victim because everybody talks of his good and there
is hardly anybody left to work for him. We all have developed
a tendency to give less to others and take more from them. The
employers have it, the employees too. We all think more in
terms of our ‘rights of freedom’ and less in terms of
‘responsibilities for freedom’.
We are free and we ourselves propose to do whatever we like
and at the same time want all the others to tolerate us. We
all consider ourselves as most important in the construction
of our country and we must get the priority in everything we
require. Who is to bring harmony in the midst of these? To
whom the hungry should look for food? From whom the naked can
except a piece of cloth for covering his loin? To whom the
wailing mother can run for medical aid to her dying child? The
hungry, the naked, the sick and the homeless are where they
were and may be there for the years more. The fruits of
freedom are to be first tasted by the most dominant class (the
class which controls the instruments of production) and a
little by those who are near to them (the organized labor).
The seeds are then to be sown, the trees have to bear fruit
and then only the sundry millions can expect to taste the
fruits of freedom, call it Capitalism, call it Socialism or
Mixed Economy, whatever you like.