Deen Dayal Upadhyaya: Several organisations opposing government’s decision

  • Deen Dayal Upadhyaya: Several organisations opposing government’s decision
08-08-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

The decision of Assam government to set up new model colleges and name after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya has evoked sharp reaction across the State. Several organisations have opposed the Sarbananda Sonowal-led State government’s decision to name colleges after the man, who had no connection with the social life and who is not a common name among the people in the State. Various indigenous organisations have condemned the decision of Himanta Biswa Sarma as well as State Education Department and suggested the government to abstain from the decision.

Recently the BJP-led coalition government has taken a decision to establish 12 new model colleges named after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya in the State, of which 5 colleges will start their sessions from this year and the remaining 7 colleges will start their sessions from the next year. The decision to name the colleges after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya has triggered protests across the State.

Asam Sahitya Sabha president, Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora in a press meet said, “The Asam Sahitya Sabha believes that along with Srimanta Sankardev and Damodardev there were many scholars in the State.” He also suggested that there were many legendary figures in the State and the government should name the colleges only after these figures of the State. Bora added that the Asam Sahitya Sabha has presented Memorandum regarding the matter.

Opposing the decision the advisor of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya said, “We cannot accept this decision of the government. There are so many prominent personalities in Assam. We want the colleges to be named only after the prominent personalities of Assam.”

Meanwhile, stating this as an unfortunate incident, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) said that, Upadhyaya took no part in the freedom struggle of India. They said, “This government should remember that it came to power on the promise to protect jaati-maati-bheti (identity, land and homes).” The president and general secretary of the organisation asked “How much relevance Deen Dayal Upadhaya has in Assam? How many people here have even heard his name?”

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