Guwahati, June 7, 2019
Meghalaya’s governor Tathagata Roy, who is known for his controversial tweets, has created an outrage over his recent tweet where he has claimed that Bengali boys sweep the floors of houses across the country these days and Bengali girls dance in Mumbai’s bars.
He tweeted wondering why a section of the people in West Bengal was opposed to learning Hindi as major parts of Bengal were separated from the state.
In his tweet, Roy has mentioned in Bengali, “While trying to oppose learning of Hindi, some Bengalis are saying that the southern states are opposing it. They should know that there is no serious opposition in the southern states, except in Tamil Nadu.”
He also wrote that Assam, Maharashtra and Odisha were also non-Hindi speaking states, but they did not oppose Hindi.
সঙ্গে হিন্দি শেখার কি বিরোধ তা আমার বোধগম্য হল না | দ্বিতীয়ত, হায়, এঁদের কে বোঝাবে এই মনীষীদের কাল বহুদিন গত, তারপর বাংলার বৃহদংশও গত, এখন বাঙালি ছেলেরা হরিয়ানা থেকে কেরালা পর্যন্ত সব জায়গায় ঘর ঝাঁট দেয়, বাঙালি মেয়েরা মুম্বাইতে বার-ডান্স করে, যা আগে অকল্পনীয় ছিল |
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) June 4, 2019
The Meghalaya governor on his second argument said, “Bengal is known as the land of Vidyasagar, Vivekananda, Rabindranath and Netaji. But who will explain to these people that the era of these stalwarts is long gone and major parts of Bengal have gone too? Now, from Haryana to Kerala, the Bengali boys sweep the floors of houses and the Bengali girls dance in Mumbai’s bars. It was unthinkable in the past.”
This tweet of his was not taken in the good light and criticisms flew in from everywhere claiming that he had insulted Bengali boys and girls. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too came up front and criticized Roy, she said that one should control their tongue and let common sense prevail. She also mentioned that such a statement was not expected from a person who holds a constitutional post.
However, Roy tried to defend his comments and blamed media for blowing things out of context.