Amid the controversy over Nobel laureate Amartya Sen telephoning Visva Bharati Vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and introducing himself as Bharat Ratna, the famed economist has denied having any dialog with the VC in current occasions, in accordance with a academics’ affiliation of the central college. In a mail to Sudipta Bhattacharya, who’s the president of the Visva Bharati College Affiliation, the Nobel laureate mentioned the cellphone name that the varsity authorities declare was made by him is “tantalisingly unfaithful” and that he had spoken to Chakraborty a number of years in the past, not in June 2019 as was being mentioned.
Visva Bharati authorities had in a current assertion claimed that Sen had known as the VC from a quantity in India both on June 2 or 14 in 2019 and complained in regards to the eviction of hawkers from close to his Shantiniketan residence. Following this, the academics’ affiliation president had despatched a mail to Sen looking for his remark in regards to the college’s assertion and obtained a reply on December 29 final yr.
“On June 2, 2019, I used to be in France, attending a gathering in Paris. On June 14, 2019, I used to be in America, at our residence in Cambridge Massachusetts. After that I used to be in England, within the English Cambridge,” Sen mentioned in his reply to Bhattacharya. About talking to the VC, Sen mentioned, “In your different query, I’ve talked with the current VC of Visva Bharati, Bidyut Chakravarty, solely as soon as, to one of the best of my data.
This was a number of years in the past when he was chairing a gathering for the discharge of a guide by Pranab Bardhan. “His declare that we’ve talked on the cellphone and I had launched myself as Bharat Ratna is tantalisingly unfaithful. Thanks on your curiosity in stopping injustice and untruth!” Sen mentioned. Responding to Bhattacharya’s question on the Nobel laureate’s go to to India in the summertime of 2019, the economist mentioned, “I got here on the third of July, and went to Delhi first, after which Calcutta and Santiniketan. I used to be not in India in any respect in June 2019. I’m extraordinarily not often in India in June. I desire to return solely after the monsoon settles in – so it tends to be July, not June.” The VC or every other senior official of the central college couldn’t be reached for feedback.
Bhattacharya had in December final yr mentioned that the VC had claimed throughout a current on-line assembly with the school that he had obtained a cellphone name from an individual who launched himself as “Bharat Ratna Amartya Sen” and requested him to not evict hawkers from close to his Shantiniketan home as his daughter “buys greens from them”. The college physique president had despatched a mail to Sen looking for his remarks in regards to the VC’s declare.
Bhattacharya mentioned Sen had beforehand denied such claims by Chakraborty. One other controversy had erupted on December 24 in 2020 when the media reported that the college had written to the West Bengal authorities alleging that dozens of land parcels owned by it have been wrongfully recorded within the names of personal events, together with Sen.
On that day Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed the centenary perform of Visva Bharati. The Nobel laureate, who was born in Shantiniketan in 1933, had mentioned that the college land on which his home stands is on a long-term lease, which is nowhere close to expiry.