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Old 08-Jul-2010
Notice to DU on Ramayana piece in its syllabus

New Delhi, July 7

The Supreme Court yesterday issued notice to Delhi University on a petition seeking withdrawal of a “blasphemous” article on the Ramayana from its syllabus. A Bench comprising Justices P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan sought the university’s response to a contention that the article, part of the reading material for the BA II (History) Honours course, was “polluting the minds of young boys”.

According to the petitioners, the SC had directed the vice-chancellor in September 2008 to pass on their views to the Academic Council along with the report of a committee set up to consider the article by late Prof AK Ramanujan for inclusion in the syllabus.

However, the varsity allowed the article “Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation” without following the court’s directives, the petition contended. — TNS

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