Kolkata: Will the chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee be decorated with D.Litt., a higher doctorate degree, on Thursday, as planned months in advance by the University of Calcutta?
Mamata Banerjee is the first Chief Minister of West Bengal to be honoured with D.Litt degree by Calcutta University during governance. On October 25 CU vice chancellor Sonali Chakraborti announced the D.Lit to be conferred to Ms Banerjee for her contribution in the field of arts, literature and social work.
At the acceptance speech, Mamata said, "Intolerance is rising in the country". "History should not be distorted", she said.
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"India has diversity of origin and we should respect that", she added.
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Mukherjee said in his petition that since the members of the university senate are appointed by the state government, which is headed by Banerjee, they can not decide to honour her with the honorary degree.
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But there's "clear-long-term motivational change [in these experiments] that's entirely consistent with the idea of pain". The government also ordered the live crustaceans to be transported in their natural habitat and not on ice or icy water.
Petitioner Ranjugopal Mukherjee, a former professor of the university, has claimed that the decision to confer the award on the chief minister was arbitrary and opaque.
The 63-year-old chief minister said, "I would have made a mistake had I not attended this function at Nazrul Manch".
His counsel, Bikas Bhattacharya had on Wednesday submitted that the issues relating to the university and education itself were of public interest and as such the petition was justified to be a PIL. Advocate General Kishore Dutta said the plea was "out and out in political interest", and that "except character assassination, nothing is there", reported PTI.
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