Mamata Banerjee receives D Litt degree, says intolerance is rising in the country

The petition claimed Calcutta University's decision to honour West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with a D.Litt degree is arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2018 2:38 pm
Mamata Banerjee conferred upon D. Litt by Kolkata University (ANI) 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday was honoured with a Doctorate of Literature (D.Litt.) degree by the Calcutta University during its convocation ceremony at the Nazrul Mancha auditorium in south Kolkata, reported news agency ANI. Banerjee, an alumnus of the university, was recognised for her social service. 

Speaking at the convocation ceremony, Banerjee said, “Intolerance is rising in the country. History should not be distorted. India has diversity of origin and we should respect that.”

A petition in the Calcutta High Court this week, filed by Ranjugopal Mukherjee, formerly a professor of the university had challenged the university’s decision. In his plea, Mukherjee claimed it was arbitrary and devoid of any proper reasoning, reported PTI. He also claimed that no incumbent chief minister has been conferred the award. “We have filed a PIL, challenging the decision of the university on several grounds of her ineligibility which we will place before the high court during the hearing,” his lawyer Shamim Ahmed said

“The members of the university senate are appointed by the state government, which is headed by Banerjee. The same people have decided to honour the chief minister with the honorary D.Litt,” Ahmed added, reported PTI. 

During the hearing yesterday in court, the West Bengal government argued that the petition was “politically motivated,” and that it did not amount to public interest. Advocate General Kishore Dutta said the plea was “out and out in political interest,” and that “except character assassination, nothing is there,” reported PTI.

(With inputs from agencies)

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  1. Ardhendu Mukherjee
    Jan 11, 2018 at 8:53 pm
    West Bengal Chief Minister Didi Mamata Banerjee D.litt., many many "Congratulatin
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    1. Muftkhor By Choice
      Jan 11, 2018 at 7:26 pm
      Intolerance is increasing in West Bengal. Allow Taslima Nasreen in WB.
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      1. Shailendra Patil
        Jan 11, 2018 at 6:25 pm
        yes Intolerance is on rise ,when Military took a march in kolkatta w/o your permission, we have lot videos what TMC thugs did in assembly governor office
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        1. Smart Doe
          Jan 11, 2018 at 6:15 pm
          Conferring D.Litt to Mamata begum is a huge black spot on Bengal's intelligentsia. It's is sad to see Bengal going down the drain day by day. And Mamata talking about intolerance? What a joke!!! Her intolerance example are too many, arresting and harassing people. The student criticising Mamata in facebook in Oct 2016 got threatened and insulted, two residents got arrested in Oct 2017 because of their criticism in facebook, a doctor got suspended because of his criticism in facebook on how Mamata was lying about Dengue crisis and there are many many more.
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          1. A Krishnan
            Jan 11, 2018 at 5:39 pm
            Mamta Didi, yes intolerance is rising in the country. Intolerance against corruption, inefficiency and pseudo secularism. People no longer tolerate cunning politicians like you who play the double game of communal and "secular" politics on the same day. Your aim is to consolidate Muslim votes and divide Hindu votes, the decades long trick played by you and all the offspring Congress party. People do not tolerate your intemperate behavior. Just wearing wrinkled cotton saris and torn blouses do not give you license to speak on behalf of poor or "secularist" forces. People like you are the most intolerant persons in our country. You may perhaps succeed for some more years but your days as CM will not last several years. As you have upstaged a terrorist party like CPM, there are political parties rising you to oust your party from power in Bengal.
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