In their dissertation titled ‘Neglected malarias : The frontlines and back alleys of global health’ published in BioSciences, Volume 6, 2011 ( The London School of Economis and Political Science, London, UK ) Dr Ann H Kelly and Dr Uli Biesel has recognized the role of Kishori Mohan Bandyopadhyay’s role in malaria research in India as a co-researcher of Ronald Ross.
Here is a rare photograph of Kishori Mohan Bandyopadhyay’s eldest daughter Amita with her husband Ranjit Roychoudhury. Ranjit Roychoudhury was third son of Lakshminarayan Roychoudhury. Lakshminarayan, who was a photographer, used to make coloured slides to be used by Kishorimohan in his magic lantern during his visits to Bengal villages in connection with anti-malaria campaign.
Dr Uli Beisel and Dr Christophe Boete in their research paper titled The Flying Public Health Tool : Genetically Modified Mosquitoes and Malaria Control published in Science as Culture, Vol 22 No 1 ( page 38 – 60 ), 2013, Lancaster, UK has written that “Even though Ross was the sole recipient of the Nobel Prize he was by far not the only one who hypothesized that mosquitoes transmit malaria. The importance of his Indian research assistant Kishori Mohan Bandyopadhyay is acknowledged by many. The fact that he was not co-recipient of the prize, but merely received a gold medal, is read by many as an effect of colonial relations. Ross also stood in direct competition ( and exchange ) with a research group in Italy, most notably Battista Grassi ( Capanna 2006). It remains unclear who made the discovery first, but evidently Ross was better at publicising his results quickly”.
During his lifetime, Kishori Mohan Banerjee used to be targeted by the christian missionaries, for the simple reason that he was devoted to the upliftment and healthy life of poor Bengalis suffering from various ailments, whereas the dirty agents of Macaulay were interested in medical treatment of the lower caste Hindus only after they converted into christian religion.
Strangely, the reputation of Kishori Mohan Banerjee is still under attack by the descendants of Macaulay even today. There are Imperialist stooges who loiter in the alleys of the net to erase his historical contribution.
During the British rule Kishori Mohan faced British adversaries. Today, sadly, some of his adversaries are pro-British Indians.
After Kishori Mohan Bandyopadhyay’s early demise, his wife Khetroprosadi single handedly reared her three sons and three daughters.