Banners displaying the photograph of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen and his recent statement on ‘Jai Shri Ram’, were spotted on a busy street of south Kolkata on Friday.
At the bottom of the few feet long rectangular shaped banners, ‘Nagrik Brindo’ (meaning citizens in Bengali language) have taken credit.
Sen’s comments were displayed in Bengali on the hoardings with a deep blue background and his photo on the left.
The banners say, “Never heard the Jai Shri Ram slogan. It has been used to beat up people. I don’t think this slogan has any relation with the culture of Bangla. I asked my four-year-old granddaughter who is her favourite God, she replied ‘Maa Durga’. Ramnavami can never be compared with Maa Durga.”
The statement was recently given by Amartya Sen during a program at the left wing student politics bastion, Jadavpur University.
In recent days, attempts of creating regionalist polarisation in West Bengal are being observed. Many believe, the attempts of fanning regionalist sentiments are supported by ruling TMC, which see it as a counter to Hindutva narrative of BJP.
The chant of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ had become the centre of political controversy with the BJP and Trinamool Congress sparring over it during the Lok Sabha elections.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had reacted angrily to ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans at Bhatpara in North 24 Parganas district in May.
In recent times, many instances of people being beaten up, allegedly for not chanting the slogan, have also come to the fore from different parts of the country.