Kolkata, Jan 3: Eminent Indian physicist Bikash Sinha on Saturday strongly criticised the culture of protests in West Bengal and said it is a "failed state".
On the series of agitations by a section of the Jadavpur University students and faculty, the Padma Bhushan awardee said that a change of mindset is required.
"The mindset has to change," Sinha said, adding there is "no use in going to the University campus and creating a ruckus".
The students have been clamouring for vice chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarti's removal since Sep 17 when the University authorities ordered a police crackdown on a sit-in by students demanding an independent investigation into the alleged molestation of a female student inside a hostel.
The incident triggered protest rallies in the city and had a ripple effect across the country, with the alumni organising protest marches in Delhi and Mumbai.
Many students also boycotted the 59th annual convocation of the prestigious varsity Dec 24, 2014.