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‘To attack Vidyasagar is to attack ‘Bangla language’, says filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt

Boolywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt has condemned the attack on the statue of Bengali renaissance leader Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. Mahesh Bhatt on Wednesday condemned the desecration of the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during a road show violence in Kolkata, saying the attack on the social reformer is akin to an attack on the Bengali language.

“To attack Pandit Vidya Sagar is to attack Bangla language. To begin with, he simplified Bangla for studying through Borno Porichoy (Introduction to Letters)” Bhatt tweeted, tagging TMC spokesperson Derek O’Brien.

A college named after Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, a key figure in the Bengal renaissance, was ransacked and a bust of the 19th-century educationist was shattered.

Both BJP and TMC are blaming each other for the destruction of the statue.

Through “Borno Porichoy”, a series of books which is considered a classic, Vidyasagar reconstructed the Bengali alphabet and simplified Bengali typography.  He was a campaigner for remarriage of widows, which was eventually legalised on 26 July 1856 by the British government of that time.

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