Manashi Dasgupta’s (1928–2010) degrees in philosophy and psychology (Calcutta University, 1951, 1954) underpinned her research at Cornell University (Ph.D. 1962, for a thesis on Some Determinants of the Judgment of `Interestingness’). She served as Principal, Shri Shikshayatan College (1963-66, 1969-72); Regional Officer, USEFI (1967-69); Special Officer for Rabindrabhavana, Visvabharati (1972-82). She authored Samaj-Mon (Society and Mind, 1977), Chobir nam Satyajit (A Picture called Satyajit, 1984), Rabindranath: Ek Asamanvita Dvandva (Tagore: An Unresolved Tension, 1987/2015), Manastattva o Rajniti (Psychology and Politics, 1995), Meyeder Bhumika o Bhashya (Women’s Roles and Theories, 2003/2011), biographies of Ashapurna Debi and Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury, a two-volume autobiography and many other fictional and analytical writings.
Was a member of the Indian Psychological Association
And of the University Women’s Association
And of the Editorial Board of Samatat
A. ‘The problem of alienation’. Quest 37 (Apr/June):36-38. 1963.
B. ‘Discussion’ [of ‘Towards a living culture’]. Indian Philosophical Quarterly 14:4.459-463. 1987.
C. ‘Reflections on ideas of social philosophy and code of conduct’. Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research 6:1.149-158. 1988.
D. ‘Women’s education in India: problems and perspectives’, in: Pratibha Agrawal, Samik Bandyopadhyay (eds.) A Felicitation Volume for Sri Bhagwati Prasad Khaitan. Kolkata: K.C. Gangwal. 1990. Section 2 (Education for Democracy): pp 29-40.
E. (with Mandakranta Bose) ‘The Goddess-Woman Nexus in Popular Religious Practice’, in: Mandakranta Bose (ed.) Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern India. New York: Oxford University Press. 2000. Pp 148-161.
F. ‘Past legacies and current practices: an investigation of Bengali thought on gender and its relationship to contemporary Indian women’s movement’, presented at the American Historical Association’s 103rd Annual Meeting, Session 38, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., 27-30 Dec 1988.