Presidency alumni spanning seven decades have shot a five-minute video — Fight Against Pandemic — that asks everyone to take heart in these difficult times.
The video has 20 alumni starting from batches 1951-55 to the present — each a prominent public figure. Each of them recorded the audio-visual at home and sent it to the association, who edited, added music and mixed the shots.
The senior-most speaker, barrister Anindya Mitra (history batch of 1951-55) is also the former advocate general of the state. He starts by quoting Tagore and reminds everyone that till the pandemic struck, we had become too busy and had little time to look inward; it’s now time for homecoming.
Barrister Jayanta Mitra (economics batch 1954-58), also a former AG, calls for a strict implementation of the lockdown. There is hope in the voice of Jawhar Sircar (political science batch 1969-72), who says history of human civilization shows how pandemics have come in waves and how mankind has survived them all. Economist Sugata Marjit (batch 1975-78) points out that though the going looks tough, the turnaround is possible. Former bureaucrat Prasad Ranjan Roy (physics batch 1965-68) asks everyone to change certain habits while Animesh Sen (geology batch 1958-60) and Sutirtha Bhattacharya (batch 1974-77) echoed him. The video ends with advice from present general secretary Mimosa Gharai.“The video is to boost the morale of the vast Presidency family,” said secretary of the association Bivas Chaudhuri.
Source: Times of India