you and I born of the same mother, struggled for life from the same womb, yet unknown to each other, they killed you, plunged their knives into your fragile body, like Brutus hath done to Caesar
Professor Papiya Ghosh
It was my great fortune to be neighbour to Papiya during six happy months at the Indian Institute for Advanced Studies in Shimla in 1995. Papiya was on leave from her home city and university of Patna. She had a very friendly and warm personality, a powerful voice and infectious laugh, and was supportive of all her many friends. She was not above putting them straight when they needed to be, without causing offence.
Most people knew Papiya Ghosh as a professor, a teacher, and a historian. However, very few knew her as a poet who penned a number of short poems that expressed her true feelings about things she cared.
A Tehelka article that appeared on March 31, 2007 - three months after the brutal killing of Patna University professor Dr. Papiya Ghosh. Download the PDF version here.
Nearly 15 months after her brutal slaying at her home in Patna, Prof. Papiya Ghosh's books 'Community and Nation - Essays on Identity and Politics in Eastern India and Civil Disobedience Movement in Bihar, 1933-34, were released by the then Lok Sabha Speaker Mr. Somnath Chatterjee at a function in Delhi on March 9, 2008.