In a shocking incident, a group of youngsters at the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata were seen sporting cuss words and slangs disrespectful to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore on their bodies. The youths had sported the obscene text on their bodies during the Basant Utsav celebrations on the university campus.
While one body marking read “Dudu chai (I need b**bs)”, the other highlighted “F*ck you” in bold letters. Another group of girl could be seen sporting, “Bada Chada Uthalo Gogona (The d**k has risen to the sky)“. This line was made by distorting a famous song by Ravindranath Tagore, which had caused outrage from social media users.
In the name of Dol Utsav, the students of Rabindra Bharati created an ambience of garbage which is unthinkable.Their parents embraced Rabindra culture but failed to imbibe into them. Bengalis will never forgive this behavior. pic.twitter.com/XBlslGk0Bu
— Debasish pyne (@DPynep) March 6, 2020
It may be noted that a parody song using obscene language based on the Tagore song was originally made and uploaded on Youtube by a Youtuber named Roddur Roy. The girl students used the lyrics from that song to paint the words on their back. Roddur Roy’s songs had already created outrage earier, and a Change.org petition was also floated to take down his Youtube Channel and Facebook page. Roy describes himself as a novelist, poet, movie maker, spiritualist guru, YouTuber, artist and art and nature activist based in Delhi in his website.
A group of boys can also be seen carrying body markings that read, “Bal Chira Gecha (My p*bic hair is torn)”
SHOCKING: Pre Holi celebrations in #RabindraBharati Campus turns vulgar. Rabindranath Tagore song distorted and made into a parody. Dance videos and obscene photographs have gone viral. VC has said, it’s impossible to identify the culprits. @jdhankhar1 @pcedubehala pic.twitter.com/mYwpYxWLJr
— Sreyashi Dey (@SreyashiDey) March 6, 2020
The expletives were drawn using ‘Gulal’ during the Basant Utsav, which is held every year on the college campus. When the objectionable pictures went viral on social media, the University authorities swung into action. They began screening the youngsters to ascertain whether they belonged to the Rabindra Bharati University.
A Twitter user, Keya Gosh, highlighted the degrading culture manifested as a result of the Communist rule in West Bengal. She dubbed it as a “sad day for Bengal.”
As a Bengali, it pains me to even have a glance at this ! But this is for all Bengali friends here on Twitter to see what 34 years of Communist rule has done to us ! I became numb after seeing this. Sad day for Bengal. pic.twitter.com/Ctx2d0JDnW
— Keya Ghosh (@keyakahe) March 5, 2020
Another user, Rupa Bhattachariya, wrote “This is Rabindra Bharati University. The Education System of the state has improved drastically (sarcastic).”
সম্ভবত: ঐ একই প্রতিষ্ঠানের আরো কিছু ‘রত্ন’! pic.twitter.com/7vOe1WEcQW
— Sandeep Aditya (@Sandeep__Aditya) March 6, 2020
Another angry Netizen, Sandeep Aditya, said: “Possibly, she is also a gem of the same University,” posting another photograph.
As it turned out, it was an open-to-all event and the youngsters were not students of the esteemed university. Nevertheless, the incident sparked outrage on social media. After the incident drew the ire of the Tagore lovers, a formal complaint was registered at Sithi Police Station. Following it, 5 accused surrendered before university authorities and apologised. None of them has been arrested so far while the 6th accused is still on the run.