India gets its first transgender college principal. Will Manabi Bandopadhyay help change our society’s outlook towards people like her?
In a country like India where transgenders have been chastened, pushed into prostitution and treated as inferiors for decades, West Bengal’s Manabi Bandopadhyay is set to break barriers as she becomes the nation’s first transgender college principal.
When Manabi, who is currently working as a Bengali professor at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya, takes charge of Krishnagar Women’s College next month – it will be more than just a personal vindication.
Manabi, who underwent sex-change operation in 2003, has in the past spoken about the kind of difficulties transgenders face in life. However, she strongly believes that if one is diligent in their work, respect will follow suit.
This news set Twitter on fire with most people congratulating the selection committee. Here’s a look at what some of them had to say:
Manabi Bandopadhya to be India's first transgender Principal @ Krishna Nagar Womens College West Bengal…Kudos to the Selection Committee
— Mohnish Dange (@dange_mohnish) May 27, 2015
— অগ্নিভ নিয়োগী (@Aagan86) May 27, 2015
Congratulations Manabi Bandopadhyay, on becoming the next PRINCIPAL of Krishnagar Women's College! https://t.co/AHWGR9ifp3
— Akshara Foundation (@aksharadotorg) May 27, 2015
Way to go West Bengal. Newly appointed transgender college principal Manabi Bandhopadhyay helps transcend gender bias. Congrats all round
— bachi karkaria (@bachikarkaria) May 27, 2015
Manabi Badopadyay, 1st transgender collegw pricipal, deserves appreciation. Sure you will inspire many more.
— Viney (@vinaybnath) May 27, 2015
Thank you Manabi Bandhopadhyay for becoming an inspiration to so many all over India. Congratulations!
— Aastha Parivaar (@aasthaparivaar) May 27, 2015
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