Dr. Mrinal K. Debnath was chosen as the National Merit Scholar by the Government of India in 1966. This was a remarkable achievement, especially when you consider that he was a penniless refugee boy who had lost touch with his entire family and friends. In addition, he was abused by trusted friends in India and ignored by the Indian government. His chance at a successful future was, in large part, left in the hands of a fellow refugee boy who became his lifelong friend.
After three years as a refugee boy, Dr. Debnath was finally reunited with his family and friends when announcements appeared in the newspapers of his being chosen as the National Merit Scholar for all of India. As a result of this honor, he was able to ultimately receive his M.B.B.S. Degree (1975) from the Calcutta National Medical College, University of Calcutta. Later, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London (Charing Cross Hospital, London – 1988) and received his Diploma in Psychiatry (D. Psych.) from the University of Vienna, Austria. In 2009, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, England.
Dr. Debnath retired in 2008 from the post of Consultant Physician for the Government of St. Vincent, West Indies; he held that position for nine years. Earlier, Dr. Debnath had been a Member of the Government Expert Group (GEG) of Inter American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States,USA (1998-2002).
Gandhi Betrayed My People is Dr. Debnath’s first book written for an English speaking audience and his fourth book overall; his previous three books are: Jehad O Udbastu Chele; Debotader Deshe; and Dharmo Ki ebong Keno.
Dr. Debnath is extremely active in social work as the head of the People’s Health Trust, Sri Krishna Foundation, Bhagabat Seva Sangha, Andaman & Nicober Island. As such he is presently involved in a door-to-door medical checkup of the physically handicapped people of South Andaman, at no cost to the patient. His organization, People’s Health Trust, also screens anemic ladies of child-bearing age and treats them free of cost.
Dr. Debnath and his wife Moni currently live in the Andaman Islands where they are continuing their commitment “to serve others.” They have two grown, happily married children, who live in other parts of the world.
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