‘It’s my nature to put my foot down on anything against my principles’

Says headmaster of Kamduni Free Primary School who has been issued showcause notice for taking part in a march against the rape and murder

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Published: June 27, 2013 3:32 am

More often than not,a government employee does not like to say or do anything against the government. However,Pradeep Mukherjee,the headmaster of Kamduni Free Primary School,is different.

Having been the teacher of the rape and murder victim of Kamduni at the primary level,the 53-year-old teacher saw it as his moral duty to lead a peace procession with school students after school hours. Now he has been showcaused by the Trinamool Congress governent.

“It is in my nature to put my foot down against anything that I feel is against my principles,” Mukherjee said. He said he used to be a football player of the first division level and thus has a spirit of sportsmanship in him.

After the media picked up his story,putting him in the spotlight,the authorities asked him to forget about the showcause letter. They told him that it was only meant to ask for an explanation as to why he had made the students participate in a procession during school hours.

“A cause was sought in the letter and I would still think it was a showcause. But I had been clear enough on my part by partaking in the procession after school hours. Besides,it had no political affiliation. The students walked the road because they wanted to protest against atrocities on their elder sister,” Mukherjee said. He also said that it was an emotional affair and an overwhelming participation of students and their guardians was witnessed.

Mukherjee added that the Chief Minister’s hurricane trip to Kamduni and its aftermath could have been avoided. “I am trying to meet her. If I am given the opportunity,I will urge her to visit Kamduni once again. It will be more fruitful than all the election campaigning she is doing at the moment,” he said.

Talking about his family comprising his wife and daughter,who is a Class X student,he said they supported him fully. They believed that walking the right path will eventually bear rich dividends.

“It is because of their support that I can confidently say that whatever I have done is not wrong. If there is another such procession in the village,I will gladly be part of it again,” he said.

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