After complaints from several people, including the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, against Arundhati Roy’s ”Walking with the Comrades” being part of its English syllabus for post graduation course, a state-run university in Tamil Nadu has removed it from the curriculum.
The ABVP and others alleged the book glorified the Maoists and was anti-national in content.
Opposition parties, the DMK and CPI(M), have opposed the move to take the book off the syllabus that chronicles the author’s journey to hideouts of Maoists in Chhattisgarh and the way they operated out of the jungles.
The book has been part of the syllabus from 2017-18 batch for the third semester of MA in English Literature of Tirunelveli based Manonmaniam Sundaranar University’s affiliated colleges.
“Last week we got a written complaint from the ABVP. Subsequently, there were lot of other representations. We received complaints from our syndicate members as well,” MSU’s Vice Chancellor K Pitchumani told PTI.
The complaints underscored the “controversial contents” in the book and wanted it to be deleted from the curriculum for students, he said.