KOLKATA / BOLPUR: The CPM on Sunday cited excerpts of a book authored by Visva-Bharati vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty by which he had reportedly referred to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose as an “anachronistic personality” who “failed both as a national and regional leader”.
Responding to those statements by CPM, Chakrabarty stated: “Please read the book and assess yourself.”
The book, ‘Subhas Chandra Bose and Middle Class Radicalism’, was first revealed by a London writer in 1990. In the book, Chakrabarty had quoted NC Chaudhuri, saying he had “rightly observed” that Bose in a way had grow to be “an anachronistic personality ”.
Speaking to reporters in Kolkata, CPM politburo member Md Selim criticized what he called a “BJP-RSS ploy” to “current their model” of history, and chided attempts to eulogise leaders whom they reportedly belittled before.
Selim said: “The present Visva-Bharati VC in his book on Netaji had made certain remarks. What will be said about it now? ” He then shared excerpts, of which on page 49, Chakrabarty writes that “Bose failed both as a national and regional leader”.
On the same page, Chakrabarty refers to “roots within the revolutionary terrorism”. On page 66, he has reportedly written that Bose “was incapable of devising a technique that will undermine or counter the ‘divide and rule’ coverage of the federal government”.
On another page, Chakrabarty writes: “What is obvious is Bose-type center-class management is the tendency to function from the highest.”