Shutdown brigade blocks visiting Laureate

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BANGLORE, JANUARY 9: A Nobel Laureate who is in Kerala as a state guest to attend a conference was left stranded for a couple of hours after supporters of Wednesday’s nationwide shutdown stopped his houseboat in the picturesque backwaters of Alappuzha before better sense prevailed.
The boat Michael Levitt had hired was blocked along with several others although the sponsors of the shutdown, called by some Central trade unions, had on Tuesday clarified that the state’s tourism sector would not be affected.
Levitt, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry which he shared with 2 others, described his experience in a message where he said the treatment he received as a state guest was “not good” either for “tourism, the State of Kerala, or the Country of India”.
The Stanford University Professor had to wait along with his wife and several other foreign tourists for about 2 hours before the strike supporters allowed their boat to leave around 12.30 p.m. (Courtesy: TT)