1. Nalanda University issue: Opposition parties slam Bharatiya Janata Party over Sen’s quitting

Nalanda University issue: Opposition parties slam Bharatiya Janata Party over Sen’s quitting

Opposition parties today slammed the BJP government over Nobel laureate Amartya Sen's decision to withdraw his candidature...

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 20, 2015 7:21 PM
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“Sen is a national treasure, and to be treated so shabbily is really unfortunate,” Congress party spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said. PTI

Opposition parties today slammed the BJP government over Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s decision to withdraw his candidature as Nalanda University Chancellor for a second term, saying “dumping” him from the post was a “shame” and a “sad day” for the university.

Sen, a Bharat Ratna awardee has withdrawn his candidature as the chancellor for a second term, saying the Narendra Modi government does not want him to continue in the chair, a contention rejected by the NDA government.

“Sen is a national treasure, and to be treated so shabbily is really unfortunate,” Congress party spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said.

Another party spokesperson Sanjay Jha said “dumping” him from the university’s chair was a “shame”.

“So Modi sarkar discourteously dumps, humiliates India’s proud Nobel laureate Sen out of Nalanda University. What a shame!,” he tweeted.

Historian and Trinamool Congress MP Sugata Bose said it’s a “sad day” for the university and noted that Sen did not want to be chancellor but was requested and persuaded by the then UPA government.

AAP leader Ashutosh also criticised the government, saying the incident shows that it (BJP) cannot tolerate any criticism.

“It is in the best interest of the country if the academia is kept out of politics,” he said.

Industrialist Anand Mahindra also aired his view on the matter and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ask Sen to stay on.

“Would be a magnanimous and universally admired gesture if Prime Minister’s Office were to invite Sen to stay on at the university,” he tweeted.

JD(U) sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention and urged him to seek explanation from the Modi government, which, it alleged, was increasingly “interfering” in the academia to “promote its ideology”.

Sen, who has long been a critic of Modi, in a letter to the Governing Board of the University had said, “It is hard for me not to conclude that the government wants me to cease being the chancellor of Nalanda University after July, and technically, it has the power to do so.”

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    saikumar
    Feb 21, 2015 at 2:35 pm
    Sir, The w country is not interested in your being VC. What is your contribution to India. You never sta in India. What is your age now. Why u want to continue: There are many intellelcltuals who are more worth than you for this post. You donot deserve it. People who spent their life in this country only should be selected for VC post. Please quit. Your continuance is an insult to all of us who are born in this country, live in this country, serve this country, and die in this country. I request to select my as VC and I will serve Nalanda with full sincerity and love for this country..
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      saikumar
      Feb 21, 2015 at 2:35 pm
      The w country is not interested in your being VC. What is your contribution to India. You never sta in India. What is your age now. Why u want to continue: There are many intellelcltuals who are more worth than you for this post. You donot deserve it. People who spent their life in this country only should be selected for VC post. Please quit. Your continuance is an insult to all of us who are born in this country, live in this country, serve this country, and die in this country. I request to select my as VC and I will serve Nalanda with full sincerity and love for this country..
      Reply

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