Vandalization of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue UNACCEPTABLE:Indian youth needs to keep a less political mindset!!

The vandalization of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue UNACCEPTABLE: Indian youth needs to keep a less political mindset!!

Election 2019 has made us all wake up to acrimonious news coverage every day. Whether it is about Arvind Kejriwal getting slapped during a roadshow in Delhi or the latest case of vandalization of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue during Amit Shah’s roadshow in West Bengal.

For those who don’t know, here is the Amit Shah’s violence case in Bengal explained-

Amit Shah's violence case in Bengal
Amit Shah’s violence case in Bengal. Image Credits: DNA India

Bharatiya Janata Party National President Amit Shah did a roadshow in Kolkata on Tuesday and while he was campaigning for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, violence began when sticks started hurling on his truck.

The scrimmage broke out between the student activists of the Left Front, Trinamool Congress, and Bharatiya Janata Party, according to the reports.

Mamta banerjee violence in Bengal
Mamta banerjee violence in Bengal. Image Credits: The Financial Express

Also, savage stone pelting incidents were reported near a college hostel on Bidhan Sarani street in the state capital. BJP activists were seen locking the gates of the hostel and setting cycles and motorcycles parked outside on a fire.

The horrifying incident took place Shah’s convoy was passing by Calcutta University. The student activists of the Trinamool Congress, the leading party of West Bengal, and Left Front showed the black flag and waved posters reading “Amit Shah Go Back”, according to the PTI reports.

vandalization of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's statue
the vandalization of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue. Image Credits: Catch News

What broke our heart was the vandalizing of the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, famous Bengali writer, and philosopher near Vidyasagar College. The college gate was set on fire. BJP and TMC supporters lashed out at each other outside the college premises.

As a result, Election Commission of India said that campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls will end on Thursday at 10 pm. The poll panel clearly mentioned that no campaigning can be held in the Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, South and North Kolkata Lok Sabha constituencies after 10 pm on Thursday. These constituencies are about to vote on May 19.

Has the future of India lost all respect for our glorious past?

vandalization of ishwar chandra vidyasagar's statue
the vandalization of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue. Image Credits: Hindustan Times

Amid all the chaos created by both the parties, what hurt us the most was the incidence of student activists destroying the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar! Are we all not aware of the role this Bengali writer played during the revolt of 1857?

Rabindra Nath Tagore, once said about Vidyasagar, “One wonders how God, in the process of producing forty million Bengalis, produced a man!”

Who is Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar?

Who is Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
Who is Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar? Image Credits: Hindi News

He was the sole Indian member who supported the Widow Remarriage Act of 1856. The Bengali writer dug deep into scriptures so as to seek religious sanction for widow remarriage. He knew that the Indians wouldn’t understand the harm caused by the society to the widows unless they get a piece of evidence from the Hindu scriptures. He as a one-man arty fought and prevailed as the Widow Remarriage Act was finally passed on July 26, 1856.

Not only he worked for the social reforms, but his contribution to the education system is also remarkable. You may be surprised to know that the system of weekday offs was started by this man.

Vidyasagar was a strong believer of the fact that everyone irrespective of their caste or gender, had the right to education and so he opened up the premises of the Sanskrit College for people from lower castes.

Borno Porichoy vidyasagar
Borno Porichoy Vidyasagar. Image Credits:

His book ‘Borno Porichoy‘ is still used to teach the introductory text of Bengali alphabets to the students.

He has written several textbooks which are read by the students till date. He was the founder of Metropolitan Institution which is now known as the Vidyasagar college and which was recently vandalized by the students.

Saint Ramakrishna Paramhans called Vidyasagar, the “Ocean of Wisdom“.

And here we are! Joking about the political break down in West Bengal between Amit Shah and Mamta Banerjee

Really? People of our age are involved in such horrible instances and we are not getting over news like “Mamta slamming Election commission“, “Amit Shah not able to complete the rally“, and “Ashamed of Modi“.

We are the youth of the nation and we should respect the past! If the legend was alive today, he must have been heartbroken seeing the educationalist society he wanted to once build!

Today, politics has become dirty with people slamming each other, sharing disturbing posts on social media, abusing on national television and so on.

But the question is, do WE, the youth of India support all this?

youth of India
the youth of India. Image Credits: Business Insider

Are we just here to joke about the political incidences which take place every day near elections or otherwise?

The great man who tried his best to bring social and

educational reforms years before independence is getting this in return! The politicians today don’t work on the betterment of India as a whole, they are just trying to prove themselves right!

Who are we to question?

young minds who can transform the entire nation
young minds can transform the entire nation. Image Credits: NewsClick

We are the young minds who can transform the entire nation or the entire world with our thoughts and actions. Instead of making memes about the politicians, we should spread the message of harmony and respect towards the history of India.

We are deeply saddened by the news of student activists getting involved in this dirt of politics. But not anymore! If you are with us, share this message with everyone you know and let them know about Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Respect the History of India! Jai Hind!

Anjali Kochhar

Anjali has worked with The Economic Times and FICCI and is into content development for 3 years. She is experienced in various genres of writing including lifestyle, political, social, and entertainment.

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