Basirhat communal violence: Amartya Sen expresses concern, wonders whether it was politically-motivated

The Comments from the Nobel Laureate came in the backdrop of communal frame ups in Basirhat areas in North 24 Parganas district over a blasphemous Facebook post.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:July 10, 2017 5:49 pm
Basirhat violence, basirhat communal violence, west bengal violence, Amartya Sen, amartya sen on basirhat,North 24 Parganas The Comments from the Nobel Laureate came in the backdrop of communal frame ups in Basirhat areas in North 24 Parganas district over a blasphemous Facebook post.

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen on Monday expressed concern over communal violence in Basirhat in West Bengal and wondered whether such incident was politically-motivated. Speaking on the sidelines of an event in Kolkata, Sen told reporters, “We have to find out the reasons which led to the rise of communal flare-up in the state and whether it was politically-motivated. It has to be found out whether it has happened due to provocation. It is true that we are very worried about it.”

The Comments from the Nobel Laureate came in the backdrop of communal frame ups in Basirhat areas in North 24 Parganas district over a blasphemous Facebook post. Saying that West Bengal has a tradition of communal harmony where Hindus and Muslims live together, Sen said, “West Bengal has a tradition of communal harmony. Hindus and Muslims live together here for a long time. We have to think why such harmony among people is facing a challenge all of a sudden. There is no room for any disappointment that we cannot do anything about it. We need to think about ways to overcome these challenges.”

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. M
    Mohit
    Jul 12, 2017 at 1:05 am
    Chaddi Gang paid trolls cannot tolerate the truth from Nobel Laureate and Most Intelligent Indian.
    Reply
    1. N
      Naresh
      Jul 12, 2017 at 1:02 am
      Basirhat communal violence was staged for political reasons, outsiders were hired for this job and those who posted fake provocative images many of them belongs to BJP and RSS. West Bengal people have been living in peace but since the time architect of Gujarat Riots of 2002 came to power they cannot tolerate peace in WB.
      Reply
      1. S
        S Samanta
        Jul 11, 2017 at 12:01 am
        People like dignified Amartya Sen lives in Fools Paradise without any ground really and I surprise why these people who are genius are so stupid for what political compulsion. Any moron can easily understands the underneath communal divide which remains like a active volcano and India always subjected to such things all the way since beginning of history. Still these people will talk something else and bypass the issue and avoiding the wright action.
        Reply
        1. H
          Harry
          Jul 10, 2017 at 9:37 pm
          Yes. Amaritya Sen you can do something about it. Why don't you move into riot prone area in Bengal and when riot happens stand in front and sacrifice your life? we will assign Teesta Setalvad to build memorial for you.
          Reply
          1. V
            Vijay
            Jul 10, 2017 at 6:03 pm
            The hypocrisy and cunning thuggery of a layman, unlearned man can be neglected.....but when a so called learned man, an intellectual, an economist with a Nobel speaks with such hypocrisy and cunning sophistry that so smoothly tries to shift the goal post and transfer the blame to someone/something else. Wonder how could he forget the fact that TMC came to power before NDA in center. How can he not remember the killing of Hindus is a regular affair in states like WB, Kerala? Shameful congi slave.
            Reply
            1. S
              S Samanta
              Jul 11, 2017 at 12:11 am
              I totally agree with your opinion. These political and biased persons like Amartya Sen should refrain from writing and commenting as he does all these for political reasons .
              Reply
            2. Load More Comments