Meghalaya Governor and former BJP leader Tathagata Roy have made a controversial remark on Bengali community saying that their greatness has gone. Roy said that now Bengalis are ‘sweeping the floors’ or are bar dancers in Mumbai". Meghalaya Governor was offering his views on some states resisting Hindi learning.
Tathagata Roy, who is from Bengal, in a series of tweets he argued that the opposition of Bengalis to learning Hindi lacked substance and was mainly political.
"There is no great opposition. They only make noise for political reasons. Assam, Maharashtra, Odisha are also non-Hindi speaking states but they don't oppose Hindi. The 2nd argument is Bengal is the land of Vidyasagar, Vivekananda, Rabindranath and Netaji so why should Bengalis learn Hindi," the Governor tweeted.
"What is the link between these great men and opposition to learning Hindi? Secondly, good lord, who will explain to them that the era of these stalwarts is long gone, and the greatness of Bengal is gone too. Now from Haryana to Kerala, Bengali boys are sweeping the floors in homes and Bengali girls are bar dancers in Mumbai which was unthinkable before," he wrote on Twitter.
Several users on Twitter have come in his defence while others have attacked him for his generalised statement on Bengalis. Tweeple remarked that several youths across the states were in the same boat, not because of not knowing Hindi but because of the lack of education and opportunities. Meanwhile, The Trinamool Congress is planning a protest against the tweets, which are in Bengali.