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Tamil Nadu varsity removes Arundhati Roy’s book from syllabus after ABVP’s objection

Vice-Chancellor K Pitchumani said they had formed a committee after they received a complaint from ABVP organisers last week. The complaint said the book carried controversial contents regarding the author’s visit to Maoist areas.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai |
Updated: November 12, 2020 11:12:32 am
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The Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli on Wednesday decided to withdraw a book authored by Arundhati Roy from their syllabus following a complaint from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

‘Walking with the Comrades,’ a decade-old work of the Booker Prize winner, captures the face-off in the forests of central India between the Indian state and the armed revolutionary guerrilla force, Maoists.

The book was a part of the syllabus in the university since 2017 under the Commonwealth Literature category for BA English language and literature students in the third semester.

Confirming reports, Vice-Chancellor K Pitchumani said they had formed a committee after they received a complaint from ABVP organisers last week. The complaint said the book carried controversial contents regarding the author’s visit to Maoist areas.

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“A committee comprising academic deans and board of studies members had considered the complaint and decided to withdraw the book as it may be inappropriate to teach a controversial book for students. We have replaced it with M. Krishnan’s My Native Land: Essays on Nature,” Pitchumani said.

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First published on: 12-11-2020 at 10:33:03 am

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