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“Measure Amartya Sen’s Santiniketan Plot”: Visva Bharati To Bengal Government

“Measure Amartya Sen’s Santiniketan Plot”: Visva Bharati To Bengal Government. (FILE)


Amid the controversy over Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s household being in “illegal” possession of land in Visva-Bharati campus, the central college on Saturday demanded that the West Bengal authorities measure the plot to resolve the difficulty.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Bidyut Chakraborty is being subjected to criticism for happening a drive to recuperate illegally occupied land which rightfully belongs to the institute, Visva-Bharati Officiating Registrar Ashok Mahato stated in an announcement.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and a number of other outstanding intellectuals of the state have expressed help to the economist on the row.

The assertion stated, “We demand the surveyor of the Land and Land reforms department of government of West Bengal measure the plot” and this needs to be achieved as quickly as attainable to completely resolve the dispute.

An issue had erupted on December 24 final 12 months, 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 Mr Sen.

In the assertion issued on Saturday, the officiating registrar stated {that a} portion of the 1130 acre of land belonging to the varsity has been occupied illegally.

The college once more claimed that the VC bought a telephone name from a quantity in June or July 2019, and the caller handed over the telephone to Mr Sen who criticised the demolition of unlawful outlets close to ”Pratichi”, his ancestral residence.

Mr Sen, who now lives within the USA, had already trashed each claims by the Visva-Bharati sustaining that he didn’t go to India throughout June-July 2019, had no hawkers close to his residence and the land, on which his home stands is on a long-term lease, which is nowhere close to its expiry.

Stating that the Visva-Bharati authorities had by no means complained to him or his household about any irregularity in holding the land, Mr Sen has accused the VC of appearing on the behest of the Centre “with its growing control over Bengal”.


On the VC first broaching the topic regarding Mr Sen’s purported telephone name in 2019 at a gathering with the school, the assertion stated that Mr Chakraborty’s assertion was not meant to indict Mr Sen, who, in view of his vital contribution to academia, “is worthy of the highest respect”.

The VC somewhat needed “to air his disgust at the sheer hypocrisy displayed by VBUFA (Visva-Bharati University Faculty Association) colleagues who, despite being asked for their inputs repeatedly in the meeting, did not speak up then, but were quick to leak the exclusive information later ostensibly to score brownie points.”

After the assembly, VBUFA President Sudipta Bhattacharya apparently wrote a mail to Mr Sen to confirm whether or not the Nobel laureate had telephoned the VC to oppose hawker eviction exterior his residence in Santiniketan. Mr Sen’s school assistant then replied on his behalf asserting that the economist had not made any such request.

“The vice-chancellor made statements regarding his telephonic conversation with Prof Sen and also about the land encroachment in his virtual meeting with his colleagues on December 9. It was a closed door meeting, only those belonging to Visva Bharati had access,” the assertion stated.

The college issued a present trigger discover to Mr Bhattacharya final month for allegedly violating code of conduct by approaching the media with “internal correspondence”.

Mr Bhattacharya was placed on suspension on January 7 on one other cost of circulating allegations on social media in opposition to a colleague.

Mr Bhattacharya not too long ago alleged irregularities within the appointment of a colleague and even wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Visitor and Chancellor of the central college respectively, about it.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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