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'They Shall Not Pass'

Education cannot be held hostage to community concerns about the depiction of historical or epic figures.

While the media has been alert in following the contro-The protest in Delhi is over a paper in the undergraduate history versy over the film Jodha Akbar, there has been little syllabus of the university. In a memorandum given to the departin the press about another controversy in the Univer-ment of history as well as the vice chancellor, a student organisation sity of Delhi. Both controversies are supposedly about affronts to has demanded that the paper in question be withdrawn. It goes on “sentiments” but are in essence an outpouring of communal anger. T

The protest in Delhi is over a paper in the undergraduate history syllabus of the university. In a memorandum given to the department of history as well as the vice chancellor, a student organisation has demanded that the paper in question be withdrawn. It goes on to warn, “Lest there is deep trouble in the University”. The fact thatthe demonstration was organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student front organisation of the Bharatiya Janata Party is no surprise. Nor is it remarkable that the readings are seen as part of a strategy of the ruling coalition government in New Delhi, “to ridicule and humiliate Hindu deities and Hindu beliefs”.

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