No Ambulance for 'Bihar's Einstein' But Nitish Kumar Gets Red Carpet Welcome at Icon's Funeral
Patna: A controversy erupted on Thursday at the last rites of renowned mathematician Vashishtha Narayan Singh when red carpets were rolled out for CM Nitish Kumar, hours after a video went viral showing a relative of the deceased trying to transport his body in absence of an ambulance.
Taking potshots at the government over health facilities in the state, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) said, "Vashistha babu is not alone, every resident of Bihar has to face this insensitivity in every government or private hospital. Not expecting any special arrangement or behavior, but is it so difficult or expensive to consider a person a human being?"
"कहें तो किससे कहें? अंधों के सामने रोना..."वशिष्ठ बाबू अकेले नहीं हैं, बिहार के हर नागरिक को हर सरकारी या निजी अस्पताल में इसी संवेदनहीनता का सामना करना पड़ता है!कोई विशेष व्यवस्था या व्यवहार की उम्मीद नहीं कर रहा पर इंसान को इंसान मानना इतना मुश्किल या महंगा है नीतीश बाबू? pic.twitter.com/lfMgSuYyPr— Rashtriya Janata Dal (@RJDforIndia) November 14, 2019
"How could Bihar become so stone-hearted towards a man who made the world bow to his intelligence. Why should Mother India give such meritorious sons to this country when we cannot even take care of them," asked former AAP leader and poet Kumar Vishvas.
उफ़्फ़, इतनी विराट प्रतिभा की ऐसी उपेक्षा? विश्व जिसकी मेधा का लोहा माना उसके प्रति उसी का बिहार इतना पत्थर हो गया? @NitishKumar @girirajsinghbjp @AshwiniKChoubey @nityanandraibjp आप सबसे सवाल बनता हैं ! भारतमाँ क्यूँ सौंपे ऐसे मेधावी बेटे इस देश को जब हम उन्हें सम्भाल ही न सकें? https://t.co/mg6Pgy4VEm— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) November 14, 2019
Singh, who had been ailing for quite some time and is said to be suffering from schizophrenia, died at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH). He was 74. Expressing grief over Singh's death, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, it has caused an irreparable loss to the state and the country.
#NewsAlert – Bihar CM Nitish Kumar was given a red-carpet welcome when he went to condole the demise of mathematician, Vashishtha Narayan Singh. But the deceased’s family alleged they didn’t get an ambulance for transferring his mortal remains. | @prabhakarjourno with details. pic.twitter.com/lj80vtvEpw— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 14, 2019
The chief minister announced that Singh will be cremated with full state honours, an official release said. Singh, who was born at Basantpur village in Bhojpur district, did his schooling from Netarhat school in undivided Bihar.
He studied at Patna Science College after which he went to University of California in 1965 and completed his Ph.D on cycle vector space theory in 1969. Singh had taught at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He was also a visiting professor at B N Mandal University, Madhepura.