Maha govt treads cautiously over withdrawal of Mistry`s book

Treading cautiously over Mumbai University withdrawal of a book from the syllabus for its alleged anti-Shiv Sena remarks, Maharashtra government today assured to look into the matter.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 22:42 PM IST

Mumbai: Treading cautiously over Mumbai
University withdrawal of a book from the syllabus for its
alleged anti-Shiv Sena remarks, Maharashtra government today
assured to look into the matter.

"I am talking in general that historical facts cannot be
changed. If any writing is based on fact, we cannot change it.
However, I will take information on the issue," Chief Minister
Ashok Chavan said, referring to the withdrawal of Rohinton
Mistry`s book from syllabus.

Accepting that such controversies make things difficult
and the syllabus cannot be changed every time, Chavan said he
also needs to understand the University`s move dropping the
novel, `Such a Long Journey` from the syllabus of BA degree
course.

"I will take information from the University Vice
Chancellor as to why they took the decision," he said.

Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope said
that the Government cannot intervene in the matter.

"The decision to recall the book was the University`s
prerogative. We can only check if the procedure followed by
the University was correct. It is also important to find out
how it was introduced in the curriculum," Tope said.

Following orders by its leader Aditya, grandson of Sena
chief Bal Thackeray, activists of Bhartiya Vidyarthi Sena
party, students wing of Sena, had burnt copies of the novel
last month and petitioned the University`s Vice Chancellor
Rajan Welukar to drop it from the syllabus for its anti-Sena
remarks.

Bowing to the demand, the University immediately withdrew
the book from the syllabus and issued notices to all colleges
regarding the same.

-PTI