Visva-Bharati VC apologises for ‘Tagore was an outsider in Shantiniketan’ remark

By: PTI | Kolkata |

September 12, 2020 11:39:45 am

Tagore had based Visva-Bharati in 1921 and it grew to become a central college in 1951.

Under 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 and it grew to become 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 exterior to arrange the institute.

The VC’s “outsider” reference was apparently geared toward West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who mentioned, “Outsiders were present during the construction of the boundary wall on Poush Mela ground, an action not in consonance with Tagore’s ideals of education in the lap of nature”.

“I do sincerely apologise if my use of the outsider word with respect to Tagore has hurt anyone’s sentiment. I am deeply sorry. Yes, they are integral with Shantiniketan. And I had never meant anything else,” Chakraborty advised a information channel.

A piece of the college, the ashramites, previous and current college students of the institute objected to the VCs remark.

“But if you examine my entire statement closely, you will see I had just referred to a historical and geographical fact. Rabindranath Tagore and (his father) Devendranath Tagore had once stopped at this place many years back. They liked it and Shantiniketan came up afterwards,” he mentioned.

“Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was an outsider himself; had he not taken a liking to the area, Visva-Bharati wouldn’t have evolved,” he had mentioned in the assertion.

Chakraborty stood by his earlier feedback that delinquent actions are being taken place on Poush Mela floor and mentioned, “We want the truth to come out. We demand an independent and impartial probe.”

Trouble had erupted on the central institute on August 17 after hundreds of locals ransacked its property and tore down a gate to protest in opposition to the fencing work round Poush mela floor. Several folks 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 just 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 in this regard.

Asked concerning the cost that he’s near the BJP, the VC mentioned “If anybody can substantiate it, I’ll do no matter that individual will inform me.

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