India Gets Its First Transgender College Principal In West Bengal!

Transgender people struggle a lot for finding social acceptance. not because they are transgender, but because of the society. For worse cases, they are not accepted by their own families. The whole life is caught between their own cobwebs.

Meet Manabi Bandyopadhyay. A transgender, who’s currently Associate Professor in Bengali at Vivekananda Satobarshiki Mahavidyalaya and who is going to be the college principal when she takes charge of Krishanagar Women’s college from June 9. For the first time in India, or probably the world!

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“This decision was taken by the College Service Commission. I don’t interfere in their decisions. They are aware of our open mind. I am happy with this decision,” state education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Tuesday.

But, Manabi had her own share of problems. The path has never been easy. Her father never supported her and she was subjected to all taunts from her own father. The society was never far behind. Her school and college mates used to taunt her. That never deterred her strong spirit and she continued working hard as she had realised that she had to do something important.

In 2003, she gathered the courage and underwent a sex change operation which costed her five lakh rupees. After that, she changed her name from Somnath to Manabi. For this, the college authorities created troubles and she wasn’t allowed to work as she got the job as Somnath.

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And now, she is waiting for her stint as the college principal. After facing many upheavals, she has finally made her mark. And how!

She has survived her ordeal and got her happy ending. This goes on to prove that people who believe in themselves and not let the society’s opinion of them shape them, do end up in glory.

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