Intellectuals protest against treatment meted out to Sen by Visva Bharati

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Intellectuals of assorted fields on Sunday took half in a protest to specific their help to Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on the row over his household being in “illegal” possession of land at Visva-Bharati, and denounced the “dictatorial and autocratic” conduct of the central college in the direction of him.

Poets Joy Goswami and Subodh Sarkar, singer Kabir Suman, painters Jogen Chowdhury and Suvaprasanna, theatre personality-turned-minister Bratya Basu and others assembled on the compound of the Academy of Fine Arts right here to increase their voice on the difficulty.

They had been holding placards saying “Will not accept BJP’s insult to Bengalis”, “Insult to Amartya Sen is insult to Bengalis”.

Visva-Bharati has not too long ago written to the West Bengal authorities claiming that dozens of land parcels owned by it had been wrongfully recorded within the names of personal events together with Sen. The economist mentioned that the complete land occupied by him on the campus was registered on a long run lease that was nowhere shut to expiry.

“I protest the dictatorial and autocratic conduct of Visva-Bharati with a personality like Amartya Sen. We are here to register our protest and opposition to the treatment meted out to Sen and express our solidarity with him, Goswami said.

The vice-chancellor of Visva-Bharati was appointed by the BJP-led government at the Centre which is targeting Sen as he had never been afraid to air his views, Suman alleged.

Basu said, “The BJP has always been opposed to free thinkers. We have assembled here to voice our protest. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already pledged her solidarity to Amartya Sen.” Banerjee, additionally the Trinamool Congress supremo, had claimed that the world famend economist has been subjected to such assault by the current authorities of the college due to his ideological anti-BJP stance.

The US-based economist, an icon of Bengali achievement on world stage, has typically been crucial of the Narendra Modi authorities’s financial insurance policies.

Reacting to the protests, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh mentioned, “Those intellectuals should keep in mind that the Trinamool Congress is fast losing the support of people of the state. They must remember that the TMC uses intellectuals only when it faces imminent defeat.” At an occasion held on a special situation, senior CPI(M) chief and Left Front chairman Biman Bose mentioned that the way in which Sen is being handled by Visva-Bharati authorities is most unlucky.

He mentioned that the West Bengal authorities ought to maintain discussions with the college authorities in order that they cease treating the economist on this manner.

Sen was born in 1933 at Santiniketan, which is house to Visva-Bharati, the college based by Rabindranath Tagore, one other Nobel prize recipient and a Bengali icon.

Visva-Bharati authorities had by no means complained to him or his household about any irregularity in holding the land, the economist mentioned in a press release on the land controversy on Friday.

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