Visva-Bharati lecturers request PM Modi to behave in opposition to V-C for plaque fiasco | Kolkata newsfragment

The Visva-Bharati College College Affiliation (VBUFA) on Wednesday asked High Minister Narendra Modi, the establishment’s chancellor, to behave in opposition to vice chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty for the debate over the plaques just lately put in on campus to mark the inclusion of Santiniketan within the UNESCO International Heritage Listing in September.

The campus is witnessing a row since extreme time since the 3 plaques put in at the campus endure the names of the chancellor and the vice-chancellor however don’t point out Tagore. (Symbol posted on X by way of Jawhar Sircar)

The campus is witnessing a row since extreme time since the 3 plaques endure the names of the chancellor and the vice-chancellor however don’t point out Tagore. PM Modi has been discussed because the acharya (chancellor). Santiniketan is a the town in West Bengal’s Birbhum district the place Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore ran his father’s faculty and, in 1921, arrange Visva-Bharati, the surrounding’s most effective central college.

Chakrabarty has deliberately insulted Tagore and the High Minister, VBUFA alleged within the e mail.

“We sincerely believe that no approval from your office has been taken for putting up such plaques without the name of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and that you would not allow the content of the plaques without the name of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore,” Kausik Bhattacharya, secretary, VBUFA, wrote in an e mail to the High Minister on Wednesday.

The email, a book of which used to be evident by way of HT, used to be forwarded to the workplaces of the President and the West Bengal governor. A matching mail used to be despatched to the Union ministry of training as neatly.

The mail mentioned: “…..the common perception is that Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty has done this after getting the direction / green signal from the Acharya, Hon’ble Naendra Modi. Accordingly, Mr. Jawahar Sircar, MP, Rajya Sabha, and Mr. Jairam Ramesh made two tweets which was directed against you. The entire episode reflects bad tastes and blatant self-adverstisment of Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty and by setting up the plaques he has ridiculed and insulted the founder of Visva-Bharati, Rabindranath Tagore, and you.”

“In view of the above, we request your kind necessary action against Prof. Bidyut Chakrabarty for his wrongfully motivated misdeed,” the mail mentioned.

The verdict to incorporate Santiniketan within the heritage listing used to be taken by way of UNESCO on the forty fifth consultation of the International Heritage Committee held in Saudi Arabia.

PM Modi welcomed the scoop in a social media publish on September 17. He wrote: “Delighted that Santiniketan, an embodiment of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s vision and India’s rich cultural heritage, has been inscribed on the @UNESCO World Heritage List. This is a proud moment for all Indians.”

The plaques have precipitated the Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders to focus on PM Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP).

“Erasure of Nehru wasn’t enough. Now, erasure of Rabindranath Tagore also begins,” Congress chief Jairam Ramesh wrote on his X maintain on Monday.

Congress chief KC Venugopal wrote: “Rabindranath Tagore famously said – “Freedom from fear is the freedom I claim for you, my Motherland. Today, the chief peddler of fear, hate and division has now named himself “Acharya” on the stunning Shantiniketan, omitting Tagore altogether! Myth is aware of incorrect limits.”

“UNESCO specifically said they are honouring Rabindranath Tagore and his unique legacy by declaring Santiniketan as a World Heritage Site. — A megalomaniac VC and his boss seem to think UNESO is honouring them!!” Jawhar Sircar, TMC Rajya Sabha member, wrote on his X maintain.

Visva-Bharati spokesperson Mahua Banerjee declined to remark at the e mail the academics wrote to the High Minister.

“These plaques have been put up temporarily. The permanent ones will be installed after we get the text of the content from UNESCO and the Archaeological Survey of India,” Banerjee informed HT.

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