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Statue Of Prominent Bengali Poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt Defaced In West Bengal

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| March 11 , 2018 , 12:34 IST

The statue of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, a famous Bengali poet during the nineteenth-century Bengali renaissance, was found disfigured in Raniganj, in the Purba Bardhaman district of West Bengal, on Saturday, police and eyewitnesses reported.

Dutt's face was stained red by unknowns, unleashing condemnation in political circles, as well as among locals.

The incident was discovered by people who went on a morning walk after which they reported it to the police.

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The workers of the municipality of Asansol washed and cleaned the statue.

Dutt was one of the first Indians to write poems in English and converted to Christianity at a young age. He was also a playwright and a scholar. He knew many languages, including Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Hebrew, Latin and Greek.

The attack on the statue of Dutt is just the latest in a series of attacks on the status of political icons and leaders of the country.

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The statue of the communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was destroyed in Tripura in the midst of the post-electoral violence earlier this month.

Statues of political leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, E.V. Ramaswamy, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Syama Prasad Mookerjee have been attacked in various parts of the country since then.