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”.
Sen was born in 1933 at Santiniketan, which is residence to Visva-Bharati, the college based by Rabindranath Tagore, one other Nobel prize recipient and literary big from Bengal. Sen, in a media assertion late Friday, mentioned your entire land occupied by him on the hallowed campus was registered on a long run lease that was nowhere near expiry.
“I may touch upon the large hole between Santiniketan tradition and that of the V.C., empowered as he’s by the central authorities in Delhi with its rising management over Bengal,” 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 have been wrongfully recorded within the names of personal events together with Sen.
These folks had arrange eating places, faculties and different companies on its land, the varsity mentioned, in response to the report.
Referring to the stories, 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 information below mouja Surul,” he mentioned.
A freehold land is a land parcel over which the proprietor has full management for perpetuity.
“I would like to make use of Indian legal guidelines as they exist. For psychological power, I’ll clutch the attractive outdated image of our residence by Abanindranath Tagore, amongst others,” he mentioned.
Abanindranath was a nephew of Rabindranath Tagore and a famed painter of the Bengal Faculty of Artwork.
Amartya Sen’s maternal grandfather Kshitimohan Sen was a pupil at Santiniketan that advanced 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 stories 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’, Sen mentioned, “He could 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 Chakrabarty, Sen referred to as him “an creative artist”.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had reacted angrily to the media stories 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 consider Amartya Sen has occupied land? I’m providing apology to Amartya da on behalf of Bengal,” Banerjee mentioned.
She additionally wrote a letter to Sen and requested him to think about her a “sister and pal” in his struggle towards “intolerance and totalitarianism”.
BJP state chief Dilip Ghosh had Friday cautioned Sen towards being “used” by folks with political pursuits. “We could disagree with him ideologically however we’ve got respect for him. We urge him to not be (allowed to be) utilized by anti-development political forces in West Bengal,” Ghosh mentioned.
The US-based economist, an icon of Bengali achievement on world stage, has typically been essential of the Narendra Modi authorities’s financial insurance policies.