BJP West Bengal chief questions Amartya Sen's contribution; no objection to criticism, says Nobel Laureate

Kolkata: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Saturday attacked Amartya Sen and questioned his contribution to the nation. "A fellow Bengali among us has won the Nobel Prize and we are proud... But, what has he done for the state? What has he given to the nation? No one in Bengal understands him. "He is in extreme pain because he was removed as the Chancellor of Nalanda University. Such people are spineless and they can be purchased or sold, and can stoop to any level," Ghosh said while addressing a gathering.

File image of Amartya Sen. AFP

File image of Amartya Sen. AFP

Sen, who has long been a critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had withdrawn his candidature for a second term as Nalanda University's Chancellor in 2015. In a letter to the Governing Board of the University, he had said, "It is hard for me not to conclude that the government wants me to cease being the Chancellor of Nalanda University."

Criticising Sen, the BJP state president, who is known for his controversial remarks, also said "There was a time when the farsightedness, ideology and self esteem of Bengalis was a matter of pride. Unfortunately, things have completely reversed today."

Reacting to Ghosh's comments, former Lok Sabha MP Krishna Bose said, "I'm ashamed of hearing this sort of indecent attack on Sen. These comments are below my dignity and do not even qualify for criticism. I believe, comments like these also doesn't matter for Sen as the nation knows him well."

Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Surnajan Das also termed Ghosh's comments as "unfortunate" and "uncalled for".

Sen responded on Sunday, saying he had "no objection to the criticism". "I do not have any objection. He has done what he has felt and has the right to do so if he feels so," Sen said. The attack by Ghosh, who is known for his often foot-in-the-mouth observations, against the Bharat Ratna awardee drew all-round criticism for the second day in a row.
West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary hit out at the BJP leader, saying, "When a person is respected and honoured around the globe, who is Dilip Ghosh to question him? Actually, this is the culture of BJP and RSS."
"They cannot think beyond Deendayal Upadhyay, Vir Savarkar and the person who killed Mahatma Gandhi... They do not think that other than these people anybody else has done anything for the country. That's why these days we are seeing Narendra Modi humiliating Manmohan Singh in such a demeaning manner," Chowdhury said.



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Updated Date: Feb 12, 2017 23:28:35 IST

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