One thing might prompt everyone's mind? Why Vidyasagar college? Why the bust of Vidyasagar and not anyone else. While Vidyasagar could be just a pure victim of chance, the choice of the geographical location of the ralley which instigated violence is not a chance factor. It went through college Street- the place itself represents the pulse of enlightened city of Kolkata and to a large extent the heart line of West Bengal. College street with universities, colleges, schools and the largest market of second hand books represents the heart line of debatable term 'cultural' capital that Bengalis often proudly attached with the city. Hence, if one has to launch an attack on the culture-civilisation of Bengal, it has to be the college street.
Taking a modernist stand and with a hint of objectivities, Kalieodscope can conclude it was indeed planned route to affect, tear apart and strip the cultural attributes of the city, and mindscape of Bengal.
No one, in today's late capital world can predict the response of such an attack. It range from sudden unplanned reaction of Counterpublics to absolutely nothing. Breaking down one of the most worshipped iconic figures of Bengal would probably have little impact on the last phase of the Ongoing general election. A section of students if convinced can give a second thought before casting their votes, but, this will remain a Hallmark of event for BJP's conspicuous presence in Bengal.
For a historian or an anthropolgist writing on West Bengal, five years from now would perhaps begin by referring to the vandalism that Vidyasagar college, college street, Kolkata, Bengal and perhaps the world witnessed yesterday. It's symbolic. When you think of the simulation of the event with social media cleavage you relive the moment of the fight between ghosts of long discarded past and an uncertain present vis a vis precarious future.
The world cannot be the same, nor the past.