Left, Right fight it out on DU Ramayana row
New Delhi: Teachers and students of
different colleges of Delhi University on Monday took to the
streets condemning the varsity`s decision to remove A K Ramanujan`s essay on Ramayana, with some dubbing it a
"fascist" move while pro-BJP outfit labelling it as an
"attack" on academic freedom.
The group comprising representatives from pro-Left
organisations, academics of history and other subjects and
students took out a protest march starting from the Arts
Faculty and touching colleges like Kirorimal, Hindu and St
Stephens before concluding at the office of the Vice
Chancellor to whom a memorandum was submitted.
Carrying placards that read `Resist Saffronisation of
Higher Education` and `Mr VC Stop Implementing the Dictates of
the Right Wing Goons`, the protesters shouted slogans against
what they called an "attack" on history.
"This is a very scary and an extremely frightening moment
for us. This has set in place a precedent that is fearsome,"
said History Prof Sunil Kumar on the University Academic
Council`s recent decision to remove the essay `Three Hundred
Ramayanas` from History syllabus.
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