Eastern Times, Kolkata: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has written a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressing his heartfelt thanks for being by his side after his family was accused by the officials at Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan of ‘illegally occupying the land’ on the campus.
Amartya wrote in the letter that the support of Mamata has given him confidence. Addressing in the letter to the Chief Minister as “Dear Mamata”, Sen said, “Your strong voice has given me strength.” Not only did your letter touch me but I was reassured. I am very happy to know that you are by my side”.
“May I send you my deep appreciation of the warmth of your extremely kind letter. I also take the liberty of conveying to you as my thanks as well as my personal affection and admiration,” Sen wrote in the letter.
Recently, a controversy has erupted over Amartya Sen’s illegal possession of his plot in Santiniketan.
Later, Banerjee sided with Sen by attacking the BJP government. In her letter, Mamata wrote, “I am shocked and hurt to learn about the land dispute.
” Let me know, you have my full support in your fight.Mamata Banerjee came to know about Amartya Sen’s letter while attending the administrative meeting in Bolpur.
At the end of the meeting, she said, “Like many others, I am politically one of the biggest targets of BJP”. Banerjee said the ashram workers had written to her expressing their concern about the latest developments at the university.
She alleged that the BJP is trying to change the very fabric of Santiniketan by changing Tagore’s principles in the university.