Members of DU outfits oppose standing committee’s move to drop books of Ilaiah from syllabus
Unhappy with the decision of Delhi University’s Standing Committee on Academic Matters to drop three books of writer-activist Kancha Ilaiah from its political science syllabus over their “controversial content”, members of several teachers’ and students’ organisations held a public meeting at varsity’s north campus to express solidarity with academician. Member of bodies like All India Students Association (AISA), Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS), All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO), All India Students Federation (AISF), Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF), and Janwadi Shikshak Manch had gathered under the banner of ‘SAVE DU’.
Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has written a letter to Ilaiah expressing solidarity against the majoritarian move. “I write this letter to express my solidarity against the majoritarian move being made by the Delhi University by recommending the ban of three of your books from the university’s political science curriculum,” Gandhi said in a letter to Ilaiah. “Now the RSS, which cannot boast of any intellectual or academic capital, is seeking to destroy academic integrity by silencing diverse voices. This is part of their larger design to keep the Shudras and Dalits disempowered,” he claimed.
Gandhi hoped that the move by Delhi University’s Standing Committee on Academic Matters would be rejected Academic Council. Earlier, in a meeting held by the varsity’s Standing Committee on Academic Matters, Professor Hansraj Suman had also objected to the use of the word ‘Dalit’ in a paper titled “Dalit Bahujan Political Thought” under the political science course. He had said that the word ‘Dalit’ has been banned at many places and recommended for the usage of ‘Scheduled Caste’ instead, an idea accepted by the Standing Committee.
Courtesy: Jagran Josh