Inspired by influence West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on his life, a 25-year-old man has now chosen her as the subject of his Doctorate thesis. Rezaul Islam Mollah is so impressed by the charismatic leadership and managerial qualities of the West Bengal CM, that he has now decided to do his PhD on her from the Vidyasagar University in West Midnapore district.
Mollah, who is a resident of Hatitota village in Burdwan district said that the research work of his thesis is an ode to Banerjee for her indomitable fighting spirit.
He then further admired the Bengal CM for coming to his parents’ and village’s aid few years back:
“As a child, I saw how she came to the rescue of my parents and villagers who were being hounded by political goons. Ever since I opted for Mamata Banerjee as my research work, people have been wondering why I did that. But it has been my childhood dream to do so.”
Mollah, a post graduate in management studies, can’t stop raving about Banerjee’s managerial qualities especially during the anti-land acquisition movement that she took against the Left Front government. He said:
“The way she led and coordinated the Singur and Nandigram movements…is a lesson that needs to be taught in management institutions.”
Mollah’s enthusiasm is shared by his varsity authorities, with even Vidyasagar University vice-chancellor Ranjan Chakraborty raving about Mollah’s choice of 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.”
It is interesting to see that while Banerjee has become a topic of interest for someone’s PhD thesis, she herself once falsely claimed a connection with PhD. When she was first elected for Lok Sabha back in 1984, Banerjee had said that she held a PhD degree from East Georgia University in the US. Later it came out that such a university didn’t even exist.