Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Viswa Bharati’ university exposed to the saffron peril

(MENAFN – NewsIn.Asia) By Aurobindo Ghose

New Delhi, October 7 (newsin.asia): In 1940, a year before he died, Rabindranath Tagore placed a letter in Mahatma Gandhi’s hand. The letter said: “Visva-Bharati is like a vessel which is carrying the cargo of my life’s best treasure, and I hope it may claim special care from my countrymen for its preservation’.

A century after being founded in 1921, Tagore’s life’s treasure – the Visva-Bharati University – may now be in peril. Far from being preserved, that vessel – which will begin its centenary celebrations in December – is rocking.

Recent events, as I will outline below, are just the tip of the iceberg that may yet sink this grand reservoir of knowledge.

Signalling the beginning of the downfall of Tagore’s ideas, image and traditions was the appointment of Bidyut Chakrabarty, a favourite of the HRD Ministry, as Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati in September

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