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Kerala BJP Chief Seeks Removing of Arundhati Roy’s Speech from Calicut Varsity Textbook, Writes to Guv

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File photograph of writer Arundhati Roy addressing a gathering, throughout a protest towards the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA), exterior the Jamia Millia Islamia College in New Delhi in Jan 2020. (PTI Photograph) The Kerala BJP chief was referring to the speech […]

File photo of author Arundhati Roy addressing a gathering, during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi in Jan 2020. (PTI Photo)

File photograph of writer Arundhati Roy addressing a gathering, throughout a protest towards the Citizenship Modification Act (CAA), exterior the Jamia Millia Islamia College in New Delhi in Jan 2020. (PTI Photograph)

The Kerala BJP chief was referring to the speech which is a part of the textbook ‘Appreciating Prose’ of the third semester of the BA English Language and Literature programme.

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  • Final Up to date: July 29, 2020, 11:19 AM IST

The Kerala BJP has appealed to Governor Arif Mohammed Khan asking for the removing of Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy’s ‘Come September’ speech of 2002 from Calicut College’s coursebook for the BA English programme.

Based on a report in The Indian Specific, state BJP president, Ok Surendran wrote a letter to Khan, who can also be the Chancellor of the college, and mentioned that essay raised questions on India’s sovereignty.

The Kerala BJP chief was referring to the speech which is a part of the textbook ‘Appreciating Prose’ of the third semester of the BA English Language and Literature programme. The syllabus was put in place final yr and the textual content is anticipated to be taught to the present third-semester college students.

“Dissent is brewing amongst teachers and most of the people towards the inclusion of this speech, which is anti-national. Roy has acknowledged that India has unleashed terror on the non-violent battle for the independence of Kashmir. She was launched by textbook editors Murugan Babu and Abida Farooqi because the sane voice who spoke towards the hanging of Afzal Guru,” the letter learn.

Surendran added that within the speech, Afzal Guru’s hanging was described as a darkish chapter in India’s historical past.

He mentioned that Roy, in her speech, termed Hindus as fascists and sought its removing from the syllabus.

Nevertheless, chairperson for the college board of research, Dr Abida Farooqi, advised the publication that the speech was recommended by a 10-member committee in 2019 and permitted by the Educational Council earlier than it was made a part of the syllabus.

“The speech had appeared in periodicals. Thus far, none has raised any allegation towards it. Within the textbook committee additionally, no one objected to its inclusion,” Farooqi was quoted as saying.

In the meantime, Calicut College Registrar Dr CL Joshi advised IE {that a} determination on the matter has not but been taken and added that the Educational Council would take a name after it has gone via the problem.


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