West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday (December 25) wrote to Nobel laureate Amartya Sen after his name came out among those allegedly occupying land belonging to the prestigious Visva-Bharati University.

In the letter, Banerjee said Amartya Sen to count her as a sister and friend in his war against "intolerance and totalitarianism".

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Mamata Banerjee said in her letter to Sen, “I write this letter to express my surprise and anguish over some recent developments, as I read about them in media, alluding to your ancestral links in Santiniketan. Some nouveau invaders in Visva-Bharati have started raising surprising and completely baseless allegations about your familial properties in Shantiniketan.

“This pains me, and I want to express my solidarity with you in your battles against the bigotry of the majoritarians in this country, the battles that have made you an enemy of these forces of untruth, “the letter reads further.

"Kindly count me as your sister and friend in your just war against intolerance and totalitarianism," she wrote in her letter to Sen.


Banerjee’s letter to Amartya Sen comes a day after she was accused by the BJP of not attending the centenary year celebrations of the Visva-Bharati University, which were addressed by prime minister Narendra Modi. 

However, Mamata Banerjee claimed that she “wasn’t invited” for the ceremony.