Renaming of North Gate at Kolkata's Raj Bhavan to Honor Rabindranath Tagore
Renaming of North Gate at Kolkata's Raj Bhavan to Honor Rabindranath Tagore

KOLKATA: In a significant move, West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose has announced the decision to rename the North Gate of Raj Bhavan in Kolkata after the iconic poet and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore.

Sources within Raj Bhavan revealed that this decision, made just before Bose's first anniversary in office, aims to pay homage to Tagore's legacy and contributions. It comes in the wake of recent controversies surrounding plaques at Visva Bharati University, founded by Tagore.

The Union Education Ministry had issued a directive to Visva Bharati University, urging the removal of plaques commemorating UNESCO's recognition of Santiniketan as a World Heritage Site. These plaques notably omitted Tagore's name while featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Vice Chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty. The Ministry called for their immediate replacement with new plaques crediting Tagore as the university's founder.

Governor Bose has also requested a progress report from the university authorities regarding the replacement of these contentious plaques, demonstrating his firm stance against their exclusion of Tagore's name.

From the outset, Governor Bose had vocally opposed the controversial plaques, emphasizing Tagore's global cultural significance and insisting that any markers at the institution he established must bear Tagore's name.

The absence of Tagore's name on the plaques stirred political debates within West Bengal, drawing criticism from leaders across party lines. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari both urged the Union government to rectify the issue by replacing the plaques with ones rightfully acknowledging Tagore as the university's founder.

This move to rename the North Gate of Raj Bhavan in honor of Rabindranath Tagore not only signifies a tribute to the literary maestro but also underscores the importance of acknowledging his enduring legacy in West Bengal's cultural landscape.

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