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.