The purging of A.K. Ramanujan's essay on the Ramayana from the syllabus of the University of Delhi (Oct. 15) is reminiscent of last year's deletion of Rohinton Mistry's book, Such a Long Journey, from the syllabus by Bombay University. Education in the world's largest democracy should not succumb to right-wing pressure, which hinders the free dissemination of knowledge. The question is not what people will think today but what the next generation will get to read and study. Will we give the next generation the chance to think independently, or will they be the recipients of restricted and censored education?

Ritvik Chaturvedi,

New Delhi

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