Dispute between Visva and Bharati over the conference on the defeat of the BJP in Bengal | India News
SANTINIKETAN: A notice about a conference uploaded to the Visva-Bharati Tuesday’s website disappeared Wednesday afternoon, hours after it was placed in the public domain.
The topic was “Why BJP could not win west bengal assembly elections ”. VB, a central university, had invited Sanjay kumar, co-director of Lokniti, a research program in Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), to deliver the conference on May 18. Vice Chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty was scheduled to chair the conference. Consequently, the link to join the Zoom meeting was also in the public domain. This was the first time that VB organized a conference on an overtly political issue.
Later, the ad was not seen anywhere on the VB website, without any official clarification from the university. But word spread through the varsity that the conference was “canceled for the time being due to unavoidable circumstances.”
Phone calls and messages from YOU VB’s public relations officer, Anirban Sarkar, did not get a response.
But the prime minister’s candidate for the university executive council, Dulal Chandra Ghosh, did not hide his dismay at the issue. “Visva-Bharati is an educational institution.
The university usually organizes conferences on education, society and international affairs. I don’t see any reason why a university should organize a conference on why a political party lost or won an election, ”Ghosh said. He further said that even the BJP leadership would not be comfortable with that issue.
“There is a university committee to decide on the theme of the conference and the speaker. I don’t know if the issue was discussed in that committee. I don’t think the members would be unanimous on the issue if the issue was brought up in the meeting, ”Ghosh added.
Excerpts from Sanjay Kumar’s post-poll survey are now in the public domain in which Lokniti researchers have presented survey-based data on how the voting pattern in Bengal (political affiliation and large numbers of unrelated voters ) differed in the recently concluded assembly polls of 2019. Lok Sabha center.