Intolerance rising in India, history being distorted: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee

Calcutta University has planned to confer D.Litt. on Mamata Banerjee.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Wednesday that FIRs are now being lodged against journalists to intimidate them if anything adverse is reported against certain people. History should not be distorted.

"India has a diversity of origin and we should respect that", she added. "It's unprecedented and not consistent with the law of the university", said Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee, advocate of the Ranjugopal Mukherjee, former vice chancellor of the North Bengal University. "I will never use this D Litt for professional reasons." she In his speech, state Governor and university Chancellor K N Tripathi, who conferred the D Litt on Banerjee, said, "The university is honouring personalities for their contributions in various fields". "The same people have chose to honour the chief minister with the honorary D.Litt", Ahmed added, reported PTI.

Dutta claimed that as such it should not be treated as a PIL and the petition should be dismissed. He claimed the Calcutta University's decision is "arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning".

CCTV camera
CCTV footage nailed the journalists. Creative Commons

The petitioner mentioned that conferring the degree to Banerjee will undermine the standard of the university and the prestige of the award.

In 2007 Jyoti Basu was awarded Doctor of Law by CU when he had stepped down as chief minister in the last leg of the Left Front rule.

The West Bengal government told the HC that a PIL challenging Calcutta University's decision to confer honorary D.Litt to CM Mamata was politically motivated.

Appearing for the university, counsel Saktinath Mukherjee submitted that the petition lacked "justifiability" and should be rejected at the outset.

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