My Father, Professor Bakshi. D. Sinha Lives on: A Memoir
A Tribute to my father—Professor Bakshi. D. Sinha
It’s rightly said that illustrious people live through their work and they don’t go anywhere. They live on, because of the contributions, which they have made for the welfare of the people and the society as a whole.
This applies to my father as well. Prof. Bakshi. D. Sinha, who left for his heavenly abode, on 17th September, 2018, but lives on, because of his several contributions; towards the literary World, through his social contributions, many research works, for the betterment and upliftment of the common people, through his vast and deep knowledge of the economy, and the society.
Besides all this, and many more of his exemplary qualities, he was a hard working human being, selfless, honest, always ready to help everyone, an affectionate, doting and caring father and a loving grandfather.
A firm believer in the power of the Divine, he was a very well organised and systematic person, and very punctual. He paid attention to the smallest details and never lost hope, never gave up, and never complained. He believed in simple living and high thinking. My mother was always a pillar of strength in all the thick and thin, trials and tribulations of his virtuous and well lived life.
His legacy remains, through all the good work he has done, through his books, which can be found in various libraries in India and in other parts of the World. It’s easily available, through Google search, and on Amazon. You just have to type his name—Professor Bakshi.D.Sinha.
An Introduction to Professor Bakshi. D. Sinha, Education and Work:
- Professor Bakshi Dayanath Sinha, was born on 20th February, 1928, in the Bihar state of India.
- He passed away on 17th September, 2018.
- An economist and an academician, a research scholar in several National and International organisations. He served as Director, Adviser, Economic Consultant, Research Scholar, Program Director in various National and International Organisations.
- Professor Bakshi has considerable research work on rural and urban problems of India, macro and micro planning, development and evaluation studies, to his credit.
- He started his professional career, as an academician at the St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi University, India;
- Some of the other organisations, where he had the privilege to work, include—The Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Holland;
- The Indian Aid Mission, Kathmandu, Nepal, with an assignment by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, in the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu;
- The Regional College of Education, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, with an assignment by the NCERT(National Council of Educational Research and Training, Ministry of Education, Government of India);
- Council for Social Development, India International Centre, New Delhi;
- The Ford Foundation, New Delhi;
- The Economic Research Division, Birla Institute of Scientific Research.
- The OISCA International, Japan.
- The Sulabh International, an India based, nonprofit, social service organisation, which works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, to build safe and hygienic public toilets.
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Professor Bakshi. D. Sinha, as an Author:
Prof. Bakshi. D. Sinha has authored and coauthored, many books and journals, as an economist and a research scholar.
Some of the books, and journals, written and published by him are as follows:
- Housing Growth in India, published in 1976;
- India 2001;
- Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth, published in 1978;
- Restoration of Human Dignity-Impact of Development Programme on Scavengers, published in 1994;
- Environmental Sanitation, Health and PanchayatI Raj, published in 1996;
- He has also written and presented, the Occasional Paper Series, on different topics, such as:
- Ideal Human Society and Ecological Crisis, published in 1999;
- Globalisation: Impact on Kerala, published in 1999;
- Tourism and Ecological Protection, published in 2000;
- Biodiversity and Environment: The India Profile, published in 2002.
The occasional paper series was presented by him, at Various International Conferences, on behalf of the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, as Adviser, to the Institute.
My father was writing at a time, when online writing was not prevalent. There were no computers. All his books were published in the traditional way. Those were the days of print books. I remember, he used to work hard, doing research, collecting data and information, typing manuscripts himself, doing rounds and rounds of editing. Several days of hard work was involved, before getting the book published, by a reputed publisher.
Bakshi. D. Sinha—An affectionate and caring family person
My father was a complete family man. He was a devoted father and an affectionate and loving grandfather.
Having lost his parents, at an early age, he had a tough childhood. Being a brilliant student, he worked hard to get his education. A self made man, he taught the young school and college students, to pay for his own college fees. He always led by example.
He was a great artist as well, and was wonderful in drawing and sketching. He was brilliant in the art of pencil sketching and had the honour of making portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Rajendra Prasad, the first President of free India and many more.
He had the quality of making everyone comfortable with him, with no ego at all, in spite of being such a learned and experienced person.
He always helped everyone, who needed it. He has touched so many lives and commanded great respect from anyone, who came into contact with him, because of his simple and helpful attitude.
My father passed away at the age of ninety plus. He lived his life quite well, worked exceedingly well, was able to complete all his responsibilities, as a family person with great satisfaction. But for all this, he worked hard relentlessly, throughout his life.
He believed in sincere and hard work and taught us, his children also, to follow the same. Do your best, and leave the rest (to God), was his teaching.
It’s not easy to sum up an illustrious life of nine decades in a few words or paragraphs. I would like to sum up this memoir, with this quote:
’My Father didn’t tell me, how to live. He lived and let me watch him, do it.’
—Clarence Budington Kelland.
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