Kolkata: Due to the protest of left wing students, the celebration of Swami Vivekananda birth anniversary celebration has been cancelled in the Presidency University. In a joint protest of SFI and IC students organisation, the programme has been cancelled.
With the initiative of few students and teachers, the Swami Vivekananda Birth Anniversary programme was arranged in the campus of the university. Dignitaries were invited as the programme was running in Presidency University area.
The invited speaker Debashish Chowdhury’s statement has courted controversy. During his speech few students got involved in a clash and they have showed agitation centering the invited people. Then the organisors have separated the invitees from the area of chaos.
Soon after the programme, IC and SFI students has organised a rally blaming the practice of right wing politics in the university. They alleged that right wing party and TMC jointly trying to suppress the voice of Presidency University. They have raised question that are they do not have the tolerance to listen to a wide variety in opinion ?
Independent Qualition or IC leader Sayan Chakraborty was participated in that rally. He has retaliated that, “Outsiders are making communal and distinguishing comments. Presidency students are not there to listen to all these.” Denying the words of opposition, Sayan said that, “We have told them to stop the programme. Presidency stands against the politics which is going in the name of Swami Vivekananda. University is a space where people come practice the free thoughts.”
Debashish Chowdhury said that, “We were extremely pleased that such an event was being organized here at President University. Mostak Babu, professor in the Bangla department, was a part of the event as well. We were sitting on the stage, Mostak Babu was sitting with us, what greater testament to secularism could there be? The Leftists could not tolerate this. And they harassed us.” Mostak Ahamed is the Head of the Bengali Department at Presidency University.