This man is doing a PhD on Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may have courted controversy over her claims of a PhD degree, but she is now the subject of a thesis by a man who, impressed by her leadership, is pursuing a doctorate on her.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may have courted controversy over her claims of a PhD degree, but she is now the subject of a thesis by a man who, impressed by her leadership, is pursuing a doctorate on her.
Inspired since his childhood by Ms Banerjee's charismatic leadership and managerial qualities, Rezaul Islam Mollah, 25, is doing his PhD on her from the Vidyasagar University in West Midnapore district.
A resident of Hatitota village in Burdwan district, Mr Mollah says the research work is an ode to Ms Banerjee for her indomitable spirit.
"Since my childhood I have been seeing Mamata Banerjee fighting for the rights of the poor and the oppressed. As a child, I saw how she came to the rescue of my parents and villagers who were being hounded by political goons," Mr Mollah said.
A post graduate in management, Mr Mollah can't stop talking about Ms Banerjee's managerial qualities especially during the anti-land acquisition movement against the erstwhile Left Front government.
"She doesn't possess a formal degree in management, but the managerial skills that she has is unmatched. The way she led and coordinated the Singur and Nandigram movements, the way she continues to handle various affairs even after becoming the chief minister is a lesson that needs to be taught in management institutions," he said.
The varsity authorities are also excited about Mr Mollah's choice of the subject.
"It is highly commendable that Mollah has chosen a contemporary political figure which is a relatively difficult prospect. The UGC and university were quite happy to approve the subject and we are eager to see his research work," Vidyasagar University Vice Chancellor Ranjan Chakraborty said.
When Ms Banerjee was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1984, the then Congress leader was said to have obtained a PhD degree from East Georgia University in the US. It was later alleged that such a university didn't exist.