BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: They were also wearing yellow saree. Their hair neatly tied. Their photograph on social media also went viral. But this time, they did not have any slang written on their back. Instead, the BEd students from Kharagpur Tribal Teacher Teaching Instituteh had written “forgive us” on the back with gulal. These girls gave a “worthy response” to those four girls who had gone viral for writing objectional words, including commonly used Bengali slangs, on their backs at Basanta Utsav celebration at Rabindra Bharati University (RBU).
A spring festival was organized recently at the Kharagpur Tribal Teacher Teaching Institute in West Midnapore. The teachers and students participated in the ceremony. After the incident of Rabindra Bharati University, where one of the songs of Rabindranath Tagore was skewered publicly, courtesy YouTube star Roddur Roy, there has been a wave of criticism against the students who had written abusive words on their backs and some even on their chests.
The main goal of the BEd students of Kharagpur Tribal Teacher Teaching Institute was to answer back to those who did such an objectional activity at the Basanta Ustab. Therefore, the BEd students wrote “Kabiguru Khoma Koro” on their back to respond to the accused students of Hooghly, Chuchura and Chandnanagar.
The picture went viral on social media. Then it came to the notice of the principal of the Kharagpur Tribal Teacher Teaching Institute, Aranya Acharya, the chairperson, and other professors.
Aranya Acharya, principal of the education institute said, “The way the students have played their role in protesting against the Rabindra Bharati scandal has made us proud. I’m really impressed. Let everyone else also roar in protest. Only then will the humiliation against the great poet (Rabindranath Tagore) can be stopped. Those who are insulting him must be arrested. ”
Meanwhile, a special team of police officers have been formed at Kolkata Police head quarters, Lalbazar to look into the RBU controversy. The special team will scrutinize the allegation by the RBU authorities which claims that the act was aimed at defaming the authorities.
External links have already been proved after the four girls from Chinsurah signed the apology letter a day after the incident. Cyber crime experts have come forward to investigate the sources of the viral images. It is said that the special team will seek the advice of the court after investigating all aspects of the allegations. Then legal action will be taken against the accused.
It is to be noted that during the debate, vice-chancellor of RBU Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chowdhury resigned in the wake of conntroversy. He also sent a resignation letter to the West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatyopadhya taking the moral responsibility of the incident. Chowdhury said he was deeply hurt about what had happed on RBU campus at Basanta Ustab.
However, the Education Miniser rejected his resignation. He emailed VC and informed him. Besides, he told reporters that full surveillance is impossible whenever there is a huge gathering inside university premises as the area is too large. “The administration will take action against those who have done so. I do not understand why he (VC) did it. Everyone will have to fight together against this. Why would he leave?” he said.