On the centre of a raging row over his household being in “unlawful” possession of land at Visva Bharati, a furious Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has accused its vice chancellor of performing on the behest of the Centre “with its rising management over Bengal”.
Mr Sen was born in 1933 at Shantiniketan, which is house to Visva-Bharati, the college based by Rabindranath Tagore, one other Nobel prize recipient and literary large from Bengal.
Mr Sen, in a media assertion late Friday, mentioned the whole land occupied by him on the hallowed campus was registered on a long-term lease that was nowhere near expiry.
“I may touch upon the large hole between Shantiniketan tradition and that of the V.C., empowered as he’s by the central authorities in Delhi with its rising management over Bengal,” Mr Sen wrote.
An enormous controversy had erupted on Thursday, the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the centenary celebrations of Visva-Bharati when media reported that the college has written to the West Bengal authorities alleging dozens of land parcels owned by it had been wrongfully recorded within the names of personal events together with Mr Sen.
These folks had arrange eating places, faculties and different companies on its land, the varsity mentioned, in line with the report.
Referring to the reviews, Mr Sen mentioned Visva-Bharati authorities had by no means complained to him or his household about any irregularity in holding the land.
The Nobel laureate asserted that the Visva Bharati land on which his home stands is on a long-term lease, which is nowhere close to its expiry.
“Further land was purchased by my father as free maintain and registered in land data underneath mouja Surul,” he mentioned. A freehold land is a land parcel over which the proprietor has full management for perpetuity.
“I would favor to make use of Indian legal guidelines as they exist. For psychological energy, I could clutch the gorgeous outdated image of our house by Abanindranath Tagore, amongst others,” he mentioned.
Abanindranath was a nephew of Rabindranath Tagore and a famed painter of the Bengal College of Artwork. Amartya Sen’s maternal grandfather Kshitimohan Sen was a pupil at Shantiniketan that developed right into a college over time, and was honoured with ”Deshikottam”, a coveted award, in 1952. Kshitimohan Sen was the award’s first recipient.
On media reviews in regards to the VC’s declare to the college that Sen had referred to as him up deprecating eviction of hawkers who promote their wares in entrance of his home ”Pratichi”, Mr Sen mentioned.
“He can be spared the need of inventing utterly imagined conversations with me, starting impossibly with me introducing myself as ”Bharat Ratna” one thing that nobody has ever heard me do”.
Taking a swipe at Mr Chakrabarty, Amartya Sen referred to as him “an ingenious artist”.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had reacted angrily to the media reviews on Thursday, saying, “Due to his ideological anti-BJP stance, Amartyada has been subjected to such vicious assault by the current authorities of college.
“I respect Amartya da. Do you imagine Amartya Sen has occupied land? I’m providing apology to Amartya da on behalf of Bengal,” Ms Banerjee mentioned.
She additionally wrote a letter to Sen and requested him to think about her a “sister and good friend” in his battle in opposition to “intolerance and totalitarianism”.
BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh had Friday cautioned Sen in opposition to being “used” by folks with political pursuits.
“We might disagree with him ideologically, however we’ve respect for him. We urge him to not be (allowed to be) utilized by anti-development political forces in West Bengal,” Mr Ghosh mentioned.
The US-based economist, an icon of Bengali achievement on world stage, has usually been vital of the Narendra Modi authorities’s financial insurance policies.