Barbaric wrong word to describe convocation gowns: JNU-VC

Last Updated: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 21:08

New Delhi: Reacting to Union Minister Jairam
Ramesh`s comment over the practice of donning ceremonial gowns
at convocations, the Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru
University today said "barbaric" was not the proper word he
should have used and "legacy" would have been suitable.

He said he felt the practice of wearing the coloured
gowns was a legacy of the past.

"This is a legacy of past. As I said, the church-oriented
universities maintain the church like decorum. As far as the
barbaric (comment), I think it is a bit too far.

"If it is to be considered barbaric in India, it should
be considered barbaric also in Oxford, Cambridge, European
Universities, American Universities. That is not the proper
word. I think legacy would be perhaps the correct word. Legacy
of the church extended university, maintaining the tradition
extended to India" B B Bhattacharya, VC, JNU, said

On April 2, Ramesh had discarded his hat and gown at the
convocation ceremony of Indian Institute of Forest Management
(IIFM) in Bhopal, describing them as "barbaric colonial

Giving the graduation gown a dressing down saying it was
a "sign of colonial slavery", the minister rooted for
"something more Indian."

Ramesh`s actions got him some support from senior BJP
leader Murali Manohar Joshi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar, who said there should be for a nation-wide debate over
the issue.


First Published: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 21:08
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