Presidency University students clench fist, call for ‘azadi’ on ‘Netaji staircase’ | Kolkata News

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KOLKATA: The painting of a raised fist with the word “AZADI” covering a large part of the Presidency University staircase, where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had his famed run-in with Professor Oaten 104 years ago, has emerged as one of the representative symbols of the Kolkata student community’s CAA pushback.
The 20-foot-long painting, which was made in 13 hours by four students, has already found viral fame online. Spread over 13 steps, it was made on January 23, the birth anniversary of Netaji, who was suspended from the college after the Professor Oaten incident.
“Azadi is not just a word to describe a free country,” said PhD scholar Ritam Pradhan who, along with three other students, made the painting. “The painting signifies independence to eat and wear anything we want. It demands freedom for everybody to have access to education and healthcare. It also indicates freedom from suppression by upper castes and the religious majority. It also demands freedom to stay in the university hostel for underprivileged students.”





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