Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was the foremost figure against whom the Naxals had a huge grudge. The reason given by them supposedly was that their views did not match with the spirit of liberal thought that Vidyasagar demonstrated in his unique ways of protest against the British Raj and Hindu superstition.
In the 1870s, Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar wrote two brilliant critiques of polygamy, arguing to the government that since polygamy was not sanctioned by the sacred texts, there could be no objection to suppressing it by legislation.
While a blame game is on between the two sides over who started the violence, The Indian Express spoke to police officers, eyewitnesses and rival party workers to find that everyone knew the clashes would happen — before the roadshow started.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took out a protest rally to condemn the vandalism and destruction of Vidyasagar’s bust on a day TMC and BJP traded charges over the violence at Amit Shah's rally, hitting national headlines.
The 19th century intellectual giant whose bust was vandalised in the course of a streetfight between BJP and Trinamool Congress supporters in Kolkata on May 14 was perhaps the first Indian reformer to put forward the issues of women.