Op­po­si­tion Ques­tions ma­mata’s d.litt

The Sunday Guardian - - Covert -

West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee has come un­der at­tack for al­legedly “man­ag­ing” to get an hon­orary DLitt (Doc­tor of Let­ters) de­gree from the pres­ti­gious Cal­cutta Univer­sity. She will be con­ferred the de­gree dur­ing Cal­cutta Univer­sity’s pro­gramme in Kolkata’s Nazrul Man­cha on 11 Jan­uary 2018 “for her con­tri­bu­tion to­wards Arts, Lit­er­a­ture and So­cial Ser­vices”. She joins the likes of Rabindranath Tagore, Satya­jit Ray and Amartya Sen as a DLitt re­cip­i­ent.

How­ever, Cal­cutta Univer­sity’s first woman Vice Chan­cel­lor, Son­ali Chakraborty Ban­er­jee is be­ing crit­i­cized for this de­ci­sion. She is the wife of a se­nior West Ben­gal cadre IAS of­fi­cer. The CPM has dug up an old story about her “fic­ti­tious PhD” from a pre­sumed US univer­sity. In 1984, Ban­er­jee, while con­test­ing the Lok Sabha elec­tions for the first time, would use the Dr pre­fix to her name, declar­ing that she had a doc­tor­ate from East Ge­or­gia Univer­sity in the US. “There is no such univer­sity over there,” the Marx­ists had claimed. Later, she dropped the Dr from her name.

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