Delhi is once again in news; this time due to selection of
vice-chancellor for Delhi University has taken a new turn with fight of
The candidature of Professor Bidyut Chakrabarty, for vice chancellors
position is being opposed by Left and Congress-backed teachers' groups.
However, there are his supporters too who have written to President Pranab
Mukherjee. They have requested him to take a fair decision not getting
influenced by allegations.
Chakrabarty's supporters include a section of teachers,
mostly from BJP-backed NDTF and AAD (Rathi) and they state that he is innocent.
J Khuntia, chairman of AAD (Rathi) said that Leftists cannot be above the
Chakrabarty on the other hand, is perturbed by these
allegations. He said that it's not important for him whether he becomes the VC
or not but what is worrying him is the fact that Left and AAD (Aditya) group
are destroying his reputation. They are not considering court's decision who
finds him innocent but they are tarnishing him as he was rumored to be on the
He further suggested as to why there is a fight between him
and the Left group. They are putting allegations as they don't like him. The
main reason could be that he denied being a part of their politics. He was also
not appointed as the head of the department of political science despite the
fact that he was a senior. They appointed someone from JNU.
These allegations are baseless was also confirmed by UGC
member and former DU teacher Inder Mohan Kapahy. He said that complaints
against Chakrabarty are a part of character assassination by the Left group.
Mr. Kapahy further added that high court dismissed the case
against Chakrabarty for sexual harassment. Also, there was no appeal against it
in Supreme Court by the university, so no case of impropriety. Still the Left
and Congress-backed teachers haven't lost hope and to lower his chances have
launched a campaign. So, let's hope that the decision by MHRD is not influenced
by this campaign.
Further, Chakrabarty has held chairs at the University of
Hamburg in Germany and James Madison University in Virginia, US, at their
centre for global non-violence and has been teaching for over 22 years.