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Arundhati Roy’s Book On Maoists Removed From Syllabus After ABVP’s Protest In Tamil Nadu

Arundhati Roy's Book Removed From Syllabus After Protest In Tamil Nadu

ABVP had complained towards Arundhati Roy’s ”Walking with the Comrades”.


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 English syllabus for submit commencement course, a state-run college in Tamil Nadu has eliminated it from the curriculum.

The ABVP and others alleged the guide glorified the Maoists and was anti-national in content material.

Opposition events, the DMK and CPI(M), have opposed the transfer to take the guide 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 guide has been a part of the syllabus from 2017-18 batch for the third semester of MA in English Literature of Tirunelveli primarily based Manonmaniam Sundaranar University’s affiliated faculties.

“Last week we got a written complaint from the ABVP. Subsequently, there were lot of other representations. We received complaints from our syndicate members as well,” MSU’s Vice Chancellor Ok Pitchumani instructed PTI.

The complaints underscored the “controversial contents” within the guide 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 have 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.

Mr Krishnan (1912-96) was a famend naturalist, a pioneer in Indian wildlife images and author and he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1969.

The choice could be accepted at a gathering of the college’s Standing Committee of Academic Affairs, he mentioned, including they weren’t for ”controversy” since teachers alone have been necessary.


Asked if the ”delicate” nature of the guide was not taken under consideration when it was included within the syllabus, the highest college official mentioned,”probably it went unnoticed.”

However, as quickly as representations have been acquired towards the guide, immediate follow-up motion was taken, he mentioned.

In its criticism, the ABVP’s south Tamil Nadu unit alleged Ms Roy’s guide 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 guide’s withdrawal.

Ms Roy’s interplay with Maoists, and her visits to forests the place she met them, was first appeared in an English journal in 2010 and it was later printed as a guide.

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 that elimination of the guide was condemnable.

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 guide from syllabus.

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