KOLKATA: Underneath hearth from numerous quarters for his remark that Rabindranath Tagore was “an outsider” in Shantiniketan, Visva-Bharati Vice-Chancellor Prof Bidyut Chakraborty on Friday apologised for the remark however insisted that it was misinterpreted. Tagore had based Visva-Bharati in 1921 […]
Tagore had based Visva-Bharati in 1921 and it turned a central college in 1951.
Amid the row at Visva-Bharati over Poush Mela floor fencing, Chakraborty mentioned in a press release on August 23 that Tagore had additionally come to Bolpur from outdoors to arrange the institute.
The VC’s “outsider” reference was apparently aimed toward West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who mentioned, “Outsiders had been current throughout the development of the boundary wall on Poush Mela floor, an motion not in consonance with Tagore’s beliefs of training within the lap of nature”.
“I do sincerely apologise if my use of the outsider phrase with respect to Tagore has harm anybody’s sentiment. I’m deeply sorry. Sure, they’re integral with Shantiniketan. And I had by no means meant the rest,” Chakraborty informed a information channel.
A bit of the college, the ashramites, previous and current college students of the institute objected to the VCs comment.
“However for those who study my total assertion intently, you will note I had simply referred to a historic and geographical reality. Rabindranath Tagore and (his father) Devendranath Tagore had as soon as stopped at this place a few years again. They preferred it and Shantiniketan got here up afterwards,” he mentioned.
“Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was an outsider himself; had he not taken a liking to the world, Visva-Bharati would not have advanced,” he had mentioned within the assertion.
Chakraborty stood by his earlier feedback that delinquent actions are being taken place on Poush Mela floor and mentioned, “We would like the reality to return out. We demand an unbiased and neutral probe.”
Hassle had erupted on the central institute on August 17 after 1000’s of locals ransacked its property and tore down a gate to protest in opposition to the fencing work round Poush mela floor. A number of individuals additionally vandalised the development gear on the bottom.
Visva Bharati has demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident and deployment of central forces on the campus, whereas blaming a TMC MLA and a few native ruling celebration leaders for the violence.
Chakraborty alleged that his spouse has been lately threatened by an unidentified motorcyclist when she went out of the campus to purchase greens.
Police mentioned there was no criticism from the VC or his household on this regard.
Requested concerning the cost that he’s near the BJP, the VC mentioned “If anybody can substantiate it, I’ll do no matter that particular person will inform me.