An intellectual is a person who uses intelligence (thought and reason) and critical or analytical reasoning in either a professional or a personal capacity.
But the term ‘intellectual’ is commonly used to identify a handful eminent personalities of the society those who are by profession painter, singer, actor, writer, social-activists or educationist. Considering the meaning of the term, those fellows should not be considered as ‘intellectual’. But most of them fill pompous as they are termed so by media for their commercial interest. Basically the performance in their field made them familiar to public and authorized them as an ‘intellectual’ by the grace of Media. It does not mean rest of the society has no intellect.
Recently, not as an individual but behind the banner of ‘intellectual’, some of them are too much active to ooze out their political motive on electronic media as well as in open meetings. Actually, they were highlighted for some specific reasons to serve, with the expectation, to influence public opinion. Unfortunately, at present, the so called ‘intellectuals’ of
Bengal belongs two opposite camps and infighting each other like professional politicians. A panel of such so called ‘intellectuals’ were inducted into different advisory committees of the government, with a lucrative allowances and perquisite as award for their relentless support to a particular political party in power. They not only justify their political appointments but also not ashamed to propagate the political agenda in favour of their appointee. They enjoy the privilege of direct participation in political activities, which is offensive to a government employee under pay roll. Yes, they are really intelligent. They claimed themselves as self style representatives of the people who in favour to see Smt. Mamata Banerjee as CM. They are taking remuneration from different government departments and campaigning in favour of Smt. Banerjee but declined to admit as a supporter of her party.
In continuation to the first Para of this write-up, it is to say, that our ‘intellectuals’ have enough intelligence and analytical reasoning only to propagate certain political agenda in a personal capacity at the cost of public money and to achieve some prize posts.