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DU drops Ramayana essay; students protest

delhi Updated: Oct 24, 2011 12:10 IST

There is chaos in the Delhi University campus with students and teachers protesting against the scrapping of AK Ramanujan's essay on Ramayana from the syllabus.

This came after an online signature campaign last week slammed the move.

"To delete it (the essay) from the syllabus is an act that is deeply disturbing, an instance of thought policing. Such a measure will only encourage sectarian groups to try and prevent intellectuals from expressing their ideas freely," reads the online petition.

A group of students and faculty will hold a protest march in the capital to resist what they call an attack on history by right-wing groups.

Earlier this month, the Delhi University Academic Council decided to remove Ramanujan's essay on Ramayan in spite of opposition from the history department.

In 2008, ABVP members had stormed the history department protesting against the inclusion of Three Hundred Ramayanas in the curriculum.