After complaints from a number of folks, together with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, towards Arundhati Roy’s ‘Walking with the Comrades’ being a part of its M A English syllabus, a state-run university in Tamil Nadu has eliminated it from the curriculum.
The ABVP and others alleged the book glorified the ultras and was anti-national in content material.
Opposition events, the DMK and CPI(M), have opposed the transfer to take the book off the syllabus that chronicles the creator’s journey to hideouts of Maoists in Chhattisgarh and the way in which they operated out of the jungles.
The book has been a part of the syllabus from 2017-18 batch for the third semester of MA in English Literature of Tirunelveli based mostly Manonmaniam Sundaranar University’s affiliated faculties.
“Last week we acquired a written grievance from the ABVP.
Subsequently, there have been lot of different representations. We acquired complaints from our syndicate members as properly,” MSU’s Vice Chancellor Ok Pitchumani advised PTI.
Such complaints underscored the ‘controversial’ contents within the book and needed it to be deleted from the curriculam for college kids, he mentioned.
Hence, a committee comprising senior academicians was set as much as look into the matter. The former chairman of the board of research who framed the syllabus and the incumbent chief had been additionally a part of it, he mentioned.
“The committee met on Wednesday and they decided the withdrawal of the book from syllabus for its sensitive nature and in its place, a book of Padma awardee and naturalist, M Krishnan’s ‘My Native Land, Essays on Nature’ has been included,” he mentioned.
“This has been implemented immediately,” he mentioned.
Krishnan (1912-96) was a famend naturalist, a pioneer in Indian wildlife pictures and author and he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1969.
The resolution could be accepted at a gathering of the university’s Standing Committee of Academic Affairs, he mentioned, including they weren’t for ‘controversy’ since lecturers alone had been necessary.
Asked if the ‘sensitive’ nature of the book was not taken into consideration when it was included within the syllabus, the highest university official mentioned,”in all probability it went unnoticed.” However, as quickly as representations had been acquired towards the book, immediate follow-up motion was taken, he mentioned.
In its grievance, the ABVP’s south Tamil Nadu unit alleged Roy’s book overtly supported Maoists and disseminated anti-national views.
“It is a matter of regret that this book has been part of the syllabus for the past three years. Through this, the Naxal and Maoist ideology has been imposed on the students,” the ABVP mentioned demanding the book’s withdrawal.
Roy’s interplay with Maoists and her visits to forests the place she met them first appeared in an English journal in 2010 and it was later printed as a book.
DMK youth wing secretary and MP Kanimozhi mentioned in a tweet that energy and politics deciding “what is arts, what is literature and what the students should read” would destroy the pluralistic function of the society.
CPI(M) Lok Sabha member S Venkatesan mentioned on his twitter deal with elimination of the book was condemnable and needed the transfer to be rescinded.
The Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers and Artistes Association basic secretary Aadhavan Dheetchanya introduced a digital protest meet on Thursday night to oppose the deletion of the book from syllabus.