Are Tagore and Bose the private property of Bengalis?

Are Tagore and Bose the private property of Bengalis

Why should Bengalis go crazy if someone rationally criticizes Tagore and Bose? Are they the private property of Bengalis?

The problem with many Bengalis

By Justice Markandey Katju

Today, 23rd January is the birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose, also called Netaji. In this connection, I had written an article on Bose published in hastakshepnews.com

Soon after it was published I got a torrent of abuses, vituperation, diatribe, and invectives, mostly from Bengalis.

I don’t mind rational and polite criticism, but many ( not all ) Bengalis start abusing, raving and screaming like madcaps if anyone criticises their holy cows Tagore and Bankim Chandra ( whom I regard as British agents–see my articles on them on my blog Satyam Bruyat ) or Subhas Chandra Bose, whom I regard as a Japanese agent.

But are Tagore and Bose the private properties of Bengalis?

Does no one have a right to criticise them ? To my mind many Bengalis ( not all ) have a touch of chauvinism in them,  regarding themselves as ‘bhadralok’ ( cultured people ), as if everyone else in India is uncultured.

I hold Bengalis in high respect. They are a highly intelligent, highly cultured people, who have made great contributions in literature, science, philosophy,social reforms, etc.

Unfortunately, many of them have some blind spots. It is diifficult to talk rationally with many Bengalis about some personalities whom they have converted into icons or holy cows, e.g. Tagore or Subhas Chandra Bose. Even the slightest criticism of these persons invokes a torrent or barrage of abuses, invectives and vituperations, just as criticism of the Prophet infuriates many Muslims.

I remember when I was a Judge of Allahabad High Court I was in a dinner party with some other Judges, one of whom was a Bengali. I mentioned my view that Subhas Chandra Bose was a Japanese agent. This so infuriated the Bengali Judge that he started shouting and raving almost like a madman, and so I quickly apologized so as not to break up the party.

But why should Bengalis go crazy if someone rationally criticizes Tagore and Bose? Are they the private property of Bengalis.?

I have already mentioned my view about Tagore on my blog justicekatju.blogspot.in in which I have said that Tagore was objectively a British stooge, who had been built up by the British ( through their agent Yeats ) so as to divert literature from the revolutionary direction Sharad Chandra Chattopadhyaya was taking it ( see his Pather Dabi ) towards harmless and nonsensical spiritualism and mysticism ( see Gitanjali, Agni Beena Bajao Tumi, Klanti, etc ) so as not to harm British interests.

I had also called Bose objectively a Japanese agent, in one of my blogs, and in the above article..

Now one may disagree with my views, and I never claim to be infallible. However, I always give reasons for what I say. If one wishes to refute them, he has to give his counter reasons, not abuses. But unfortunately many Bengalis react to criticism of Tagore or Bose in that manner.

So my humble appeal to Bengalis is to develop some modesty and humility, stop regarding yourselves as ‘bhadralok’, and stop your silly eulogising and idolising of that British agent Tagore, and that Japanese agent Subhas Chandra Bose.

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