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Trinamool punches holes in Prime Minister Tagore’s comments in Visva-Bharati; BJP strikes back – india news


Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the Visva-Bharati University of Bengal on its centennial day on Thursday, said that the vision of its founder and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore was the essence of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” or a self-sufficient India. The prime minister spoke at length about the pivotal role Visva-Bharati played in India’s freedom movement and how he spread the message of universal brotherhood encapsulated in Tagore’s philosophy and works.

“Gurudev’s vision for Visva-Bharati is the essence of Atmanirbhar Bharat. Atmanirbhar Bharat is India’s path to development for world development. It is a campaign for the empowerment and prosperity of India and, through it, the prosperity of the word, ”he told the meeting via video conference from New Delhi.

From the “Vedas to Vivekananda,” the prime minister continued, Tagore’s thoughts reflected the collective thinking of India, which was never introverted or exclusive.

“His vision was that the best in India, the world should benefit from it, and India should learn from the good things they have. Now look at the very name of your university, Visva-Bharati … coordination and cooperation of India with the world, ”he said.

Visva-Bharati was declared a Central University and Institution of National Importance by an act of Parliament in 1951. Tagore founded it in 1921.

Praising the institution for its remarkable achievements in numerous fields ranging from art and literature to science and innovation, PM Modi urged students to reach out to artisans in the region and explore ways to find national and international markets. for your products.

“That will make them self-sufficient. Atmanirbhar Bharat is India’s prosperity initiative that will contribute to global prosperity, ”Modi said.

Recalling India’s fight for freedom, Modi said: “Long before our great freedom fighters took up the cause in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bhakti Movement brought us together. The learning movement gave us intellectual strength and the karma movement exemplified by the likes of Shivaji, Maharana Pratap and Rani Laxmibai from Jhansi gave us the courage to fight for our rights.

Visva-Bharati, he said, is the embodiment of Tagore’s philosophy, vision and hard work.

The prime minister’s comments come right in the middle of a heated political campaign for next year’s election that has seen the ruling Trinamool and the BJP, his main rival, fighting over the icons of the state and its legacy.

Shortly after Prime Minister Modi delivered his speech, the Trinamool Congress responded by saying that the Prime Minister named every university in the country for their contribution to the freedom movement, but left out the University of Calcutta, the first university in the country. country established in 1857 and to which all the universities belonged. affiliated at that time.

Accusing Modi and the BJP of showing flare and bengali in low light, the TMC also alleged that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was not even invited on the show.

Minister Bratya Basu and TMC Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien held a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Kolkata.

When it was pointed out that the Visva Bharati authorities had claimed that an invitation was sent out on Wednesday evening, Basu said: “Is this how you invite a prime minister?”

“He couldn’t understand why there were repeated references to Gujarat when he (Modi) was talking about Tagore. And some of the things he said were wrong in fact. For example, Satyendranath Tagore was not the poet’s older brother. Furthermore, it was not only from Gujarati women that Satyendranath’s wife, Gyanadanandini Devi, learned to wear the traditional sari in a different way. She was also inspired by Parsis women, but the prime minister will not name Parsis for the same reasons that prevent him from mentioning Dalits, ”said Basu.

Reading Tagore’s writings against communal violence, Basu said: “Migrant politicians must have a thorough understanding of Tagore and his philosophy before speaking about him.”

At an afternoon press conference, Mamata Banerjee said: “Who invited me and when? I did not receive any invitations or phone calls regarding the centennial celebration. ”

He also sounded a veiled warning to the rector without naming names.

“I congratulate those who are associated with this century-old institution. Visva-Bharati’s legacy is not limited by time. Those who are running it now will only be here for a few days. His days are numbered. ”

Earlier, the prime minister asked the people to preserve Tagore’s vision and philosophy.

“Visva Bharati University turns 100 years old. This temple of learning was Rabindranath Tagore’s greatest experiment in creating the ideal human being. We must preserve the vision and philosophy of this great visionary, ”CM Banerjee tweeted.

The BJP Bengal unit and its leaders attacked Banerjee on Twitter, claiming that he insulted Tagore’s legacy by not attending the ceremony. The party even circulated an image of an invitation letter dated December 4. It was signed by Bidyut Chakrabarty, the rector.

“Dirty politics everywhere, @MamataOfficial? He has insulted the legacy of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore by not attending Visva-Bharati celebrations even after receiving the invitation! She is slowly strangling everything that “Sonar Bangla” stood for! “tweeted the Bengal BJP.

Amit Malviya, head of the BJP’s national information technology cell, posted a picture of the December 4 letter.

“Visva Bharati had sent an invitation to WB CM on December 4, 2020. But for Pishi, politics is more important than Gurudev Tagore’s legacy! Never before has a CM insulted the Visva-Bharati of Tagore like this! Pishi is the epitome of the narrow-mindedness that is pushing Bengal into total darkness! “tweeted Malvilya, who always refers to the prime minister as pishi (aunt in Bengali) and refers to his nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, as bhaipo (nephew).

When asked about the letter, Minister Bratya Basu said: “You have the letter, but was it sent and received by the government? Do you have a copy stamped ‘received’? The vice chancellor wrote a letter thinking that he is the prime minister and he also received it.

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