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Padma awardee’s help from US in Bengal Covid fight

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 Fifty BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure) machines will be reaching Kolkata in about a week. Nothing special about the much needed machines during Covid treatment in this second wave, but the shipment will come all the way from 13,000km distance packed with much love from a Bengali-American settled in North Carolina.
Padma Bhusan awardee Swadesh Chatterjee, who originally hails from Sonamukhi in Bankura, had migrated to the US years ago. But his love for Bengal remains firm years down the line. Right from raising fund for Amphan-affected people of Bengal to extending help during this Covid crisis, the son of the soil has been constantly giving it back to his birth country for three decades.
“I keep track of happenings in Bengal through family, friends and the media. When I heard about the second wave I felt an obligation to assist my birth place. After all I was raised and educated in Bengal and whatever I have managed to achieve today is because of my home community. I may not be in Bengal right now but Bengal and India always stays close to me,” Chatterjee told TOI via an email communication.

An instrumentation and electronics graduate from Jadavpur University with MBA degree from North Carolina State University, Chatterjee travels to India two to three times a year. And he tries to visit to his native village in Sonamukhi each time.

“I am also working hard to encourage the Biden administration to ship more vaccines to India, including Bengal. I would like to see the government help reach every Indian including those in the rural areas that lacks basic infrastructure,” said Chatterjee, who is close to the US president. Hehad been instrumental in advocating US-India civil nuclear deal in 2008 in which the role of Biden, a Senator at that time, was essential to reaching that agreement.
In addition to the BiPAP machines Chatterjee had mobilised fund to send oxygen concentrator to West Bengal Liver Foundation (WBLF) about a week ago. “When a person from more than 10,000 km away says he is with it means a lot. We will be sharing the BiPAP machines with the state government,” said hepatologist Abhjit Chowdhury, chief advisor to WBLF.

Source: Times of India

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