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Rabindra Bharati students observe Basanta Utsav 2020 with cusswords

V-C of Rabindra Bharati University Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury gave the media a stock reply on being questioned: They are 'outsiders'

Students in the BT Road campus of Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata celebrated Basanta Utsav 2020 yesterday with offensive words from the Bangla language and expletives in English in what is being seen as part of a recent cultural decline of West Bengal. Some of the images of their celebrations went viral on social media, attracting among others BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta.

As the senior journalist has tweeted, some of the expressions, if translated, will be unprintable — much as these words are commonplace in Bengali street lingo.

Going by the looks on the faces of these students, they are wearing the slangs as a badge of honour, either not giving two hoots to what society and nation make of them or seeking pleasure in offending people’s sensitivities.

Young women students got these offensive words painted on their backs while their male batch mates displayed with pride the argot and curse words on the chests.

As though that were not enough abuse already, the students mocked at the songs of Rabindranath Tagore, arguably the tallest cultural icon of Bengal.

Rabindra Bharati students observe Basanta Utsav with offensive words

Surprisingly, Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury gave the media a stock reply on being questioned about the incident. He blamed “outsiders” for the act of offence. He said many students from all over the state had come to Rabindra Bharati to attend the varsity’s pre-Holi celebration. “It is very difficult to find out who did it,” he said.

That does not, however, wash, as the student community across Bengal, like their counterparts in other parts of the country, are exercising extra caution while travelling due to the outbreak of coronavirus in India. Even union and state governments are cancelling Holi events. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and many other politicians have decided not to attend Holi 2020 celebrations to avoid coming in contact with the biological agent.

So far, different Indian cities have reported 30 positive cases. Three patients in Kerala have recovered.

Meanwhile, social media users are still questioning how students of Rabindra Bharati University, of all places, could stoop so low as to abuse the very icon whose name the institution bears.

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  1. Very shameful conduct. Such act must be condemned in the strongest words. In the name of freedom of speech and dissent, Hindus, Hinduism and Hindu festivals are defamed and vulgarized. Can they do such abnormal and perverted act with Muslim or Christian festivals or faith? Such fringe elements must be condemned and arrested.

  2. Chief Minister will have no words for these. She is more concerned about Delhi then her house. But to be honest this degradation is not surprising as when everything in Bengal is controlled by politics and students are more towards left ideology in Bengal supported by the state government which calls itself more left than the left any concern about the rich culture is hardly expected.

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