If you can edit out inconvenient truths or inconvenient ways of seeing India's history from university syllabi, or ensure that there is silence around many subjects — a discussion of religion, a discussion of Shivaji's life or the lives of key players in the National Movement — you come one step closer to ensuring that it is only your narrow view of history and India that will gain ground. Christian organisations also protested against the portrayal of the Vatican in Dan Brown's worldwide bestselling thriller, The Da Vinci Code. The scholarly essay by A. Both are careful not to play up the matter. The 16 Dec Massacre in a Peshawar school - statements from human rights groups, media commentary and editorials Fast Track to Troubling Times:
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Ramanujan, the Padma Shree winning scholar, prefers to call them "tellings", as the word 'version' seems to suggest that there is an original master narrative and all other forms of the story have deviated from it. Retrieved from " https: Also, though Valmiki's telling focuses on Rama, other tellings focus on different characters. Thai tamanujan like Hanuman more than Rama. Email required Address never made public.
Ramanujan studies some of the myriad 'tellings' of the essay throughout South and South East Asia. Ramanujan specifically prefers the term "tellings" to the usual terms "versions" and "variants" because the latter terms can and do imply the existence of an invariant original text. Must academics working out of their assured ivory towers cast stones at those who have to worry about litigation and unsold stocks?
The attacks on freedom of expression by the right-wing fringe extend beyond India.
Attacking academic freedom – The Case of Ramanujan’s Ramayana – Rickshaw
Though I feel bad for him, I also hold him responsible for allowing saffronisation of this course and for allowing fundamentalists to rule. On October 9,the Academic Council of the University decided to remove the essay from the BA curriculum for its next academic cycle.
Historians protest as Delhi University purges Ramayana essay from syllabus
At first she uses the usual arguments: Ramanuja Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Works based on the Ramayana. We are what we are because of our past and ramanujn is very much important to be aware of it.
Why should the State get involved? Recently the Vice Chancellor and the Academic Council over ruled the opinion of the history department, as well as the expert committee and removed the essay from the list of recommended readings.
Delhi University is home to a literary battle that has turned political. The book was published with the painting of the renowned Sufi on the cover and on the eamanujan page. The painting shows a radiant Shaikh holding a globe — an orb with the Mughal crown — in the role of a kingmaker.
The Council, which deals primarily with administrative affairs, saw fit to intervene in this case and dismiss the essay, despite recommendation to the contrary by the expert committee. Three out of the four members of the committee stated that the essay ought to be read by students. Many would agree with this. The central premise of their argument is that a student exposed to alternate ways of thinking will necessarily adopt them, instead of doing what is actually expected of students, which is to evaluate the information you are presented with.
Many ramanujann these languages have more than one telling of the epic. Also in this section India: Ramanujan narrates one of his favourite passages from the sixteenth century Adhyatma Ramayana — "When Rama is exiled, he does not want Sita to go with him into the forest.
Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation
Those against the essay are bothered by the examples cited from other Ramayanas. The history department teachers, of course, refused to comply. Public Sphere, Citizenship and Technologies of Many later versions of the Ramayana take inspiration and draw from previous versions. When OUP published a well-researched book on the cult and shrine of the Ajmer Sufi inthose in the know naturally decided to have this iconic image of Muinuddin Chishti adorn the cover of the book, also including it as a frontispiece.