Political events certain have good causes to pursue particular person objectives, however rejection of communalism ought to be a shared worth with out which “we shall not be worthy heirs of Tagore and Netaji”, Nobel laureate Amarta Sen has stated.
He stated the Left and different secular events in West Bengal don’t have any much less dedication than the ruling TMC to guaranteeing that communalism doesn’t rear its ugly head within the state.
“Secular parties can differ in their detailed programmes, but the importance of rejecting communalism must surely be a strongly shared value. The Left parties should have no less a commitment to that than the TMC (in keeping the state secular),” Sen advised PTI in an electronic mail interview.
The BJP, which has usually been subjected to robust criticism by the celebrated economist over its insurance policies, in the meantime, claimed the TMC’s communal aspect has lengthy been uncovered.
Exuding confidence that the people of the state will reject non-secular forces, the 87-yr-outdated Harvard professor stated, “Bengal had in the past greatly suffered due to communalism.” “Each party may have a good reason to pursue its own goals without harming the overarching objective of keeping Bengal secular and non-communal. First things should surely come first. Otherwise, we shall not be worthy heirs of Tagore and Netaji,” he stated.
With Bengal’s icons occupying centre stage in political discourse within the run up to the meeting elections, Sen stated one should do not forget that all luminaries “have wanted and argued” for unity.
“Rabindranath Tagore, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Swami Vivekananda, all wanted and argued for a united Bengali culture, and there is no room in their social objective for trying to excite one community against another.
“That is the Bengali culture that we have come to admire and support. Kazi Nazrul Islam is as big a Bengali leader as the others. Bengal has greatly suffered from communalism in the past and has learned to reject it firmly,” the Nobel winner, a recognized critic of the BJP, stated.
Asked concerning the latest row over his household allegedly being in “illegal” possession of land at Visva Bharati, the famous economist rejected the cost and stated the vice chancellor of the hallowed establishment has issued “false statements” to the media.
“I am baffled by the way the Visva-Bharati VC is doing these very odd things, such as making false statements to the media about me allegedly occupying their land but never writing to me about returning any land to them. I am not sure if the VC is what can I say? – (is) intellectually well- coordinated,” he stated.
Asked if he feels that it was an try to malign him, the professor stated, “Maybe, as you say, he (VC) is trying to malign me, but it would be hard to be sure given the lack of cogency in his actions.” Sen, nonetheless, declined to maintain the BJP liable for the row, as was instructed by many quarters.
“Certainly I am critical of any political party that inflames communal and divisive sentiments particularly between Hindus and Muslims. Certainly, Bidyut Chakravarty, the Visva- Bharati VC, gives evidence of following the commands of the BJP. But it is a big jump from there to conclude firmly that the BJP is responsible for these false accusations,” he stated.
An issue erupted final week when media reported that the central college has written to the West Bengal authorities alleging dozens of land parcels owned by it had been wrongfully recorded within the title of non-public events, together with Sen.
The Nobel laureate had stated that the college land on which his home stands is on an extended-time period lease, which is nowhere close to its expiry.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had provided an apology to Sen on behalf of the state and in addition wrote to him, asking him to contemplate her a “sister and friend” in his warfare towards “intolerance and totalitarianism”.
Reacting sharply to Sen’s assertions apparently focusing on the saffron camp, BJP’s nationwide normal secretary and Bengal minder Kailash Vijayvargiya stated his claims had been bereft of fact because the “the communal side of the TMC government was exposed when immersion of Durga idols was stopped due to Muharram”.
“People in Bengal have already voted in favour of the BJP in the last Lok Sabha polls. They will vote for us again in the upcoming assembly polls,” he asserted.
Elections to the 294-member West Bengal meeting are due in April-May subsequent yr.