Mamata Banerjee at the moment wrote to Nobel laureate Amartya Sen expressing assist for him in an argument over stories that he’s on the Visva Bharati College’s checklist of unlawful plot holders. Some “nouveau invaders” have been elevating baseless allegations, the Bengal Chief Minister mentioned within the letter addressed to “Amartya da“.
Expressing “shock and anguish”, Mamata Banerjee spoke concerning the famend economist’s deep hyperlinks with Santiniketan, residence to the Visva Bharati College established by Rabindranath Tagore.
“Some nouveau invaders in Visva Bharati have began elevating stunning and baseless allegations about your familial properties…This pains me, and I wish to categorical my solidarity with you in your battles towards bigotry of majoritarians on this nation, the battles which have made you an enemy of those forces of untruth,” she wrote.
“We’re all conscious of your loved ones’s deep and natural linkages with Santiniketan. Your maternal grandfather, the revered scholar Kshitijmohan Sen, was one of many early main settlers in Santiniketan, whereas your father Ashutosh Sen, a famous educationist and public administrator, had his famed home Pratichi inbuilt Santiniketan eight a long time again. Yours has been a household weaved within the tradition and cloth of Santiniketan, inalienably,” the letter mentioned.
She urged Amartya Sen: “Rely me as your sister and good friend in your simply battle towards intolerance and totalitarianism. Allow us to not be daunted by these unfaithful allegations and unfair assaults. We will overcome.”
The letter was addressed to Amartya Sen’s Santiniketan deal with.
Lots of Bengal’s icons have been dragged into the trenchant marketing campaign for the state election 4 months away, for which the BJP has mounted an aggressive problem to two-term Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The Chief Minister has accused the BJP of floating allegations towards Amartya Sen as a result of he isn’t inclined in direction of the social gathering’s ideology. He has been publicly crucial of the BJP-led authorities.
Studies say Visva Bharati has written to the state authorities alleging that dozens of its plots have been recorded wrongly and the checklist of unauthorised occupants contains Amartya Sen, who owns a household home “Pratichi” in Santiniketan, constructed by his maternal grandfather Kshitimohan Sen who was a scholar and an affiliate of Tagore who based Visva Bharati college.
“I’ve immense respect for Amartya da. Do you imagine Amartya Sen can occupy land? I supply my apology to Amartya da on behalf of Bengal,” Ms Banerjee instructed reporters on Thursday.
Alleging that the BJP was “altering historical past,” she mentioned “One of many social gathering’s leaders has mentioned that Rabindranath Tagore was born in Santiniketan, having no concept that he was born at Jorasanko in Kolkata and based Visva Bharati a few years later. BJP is altering historical past and geography.”
Amartya Sen had responded to the allegations in an e-mail reply to Occasions of India. He mentioned he was conscious “that Vice Chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty of Visva-Bharati is busy arranging the ‘eviction of unauthorised occupation of leased land within the campus’ and that I’ve additionally been named within the checklist of occupants.”
The Visva-Bharati land, he mentioned, was on a long-term lease, “which is nowhere close to its expiry, however the vice-chancellor can all the time dream about evicting anybody he desires.”