A section of teachers, thinkers and literary figures staged a protest against the demand for censorship of certain portions of Bangalore University syllabus here on Monday.
Monday's protest comes in the wake of a demand by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for the removal of Sabiha Bhoomigowda's essay, Komuvada Mattu Mahile (Women and communalism) and Shashikala Veeraiahswamy's poem Nanna Avatara , from the third semester Kannada syllabus. Their argument is that the portions of syllabi are communal in nature.
But, according to the protestors, they are “great pieces of literature of this time” and there is nothing controversial which needs to be removed.
Ananth Nayak, State president of Students' Federation of India (SFI), said that the textbook prescribed was planned under the guidance of ‘Rashtrakavi' G.S. Shivarudrappa and when he had given the green signal to these texts, there was a reason behind it.
The protestors, including Mavalli Shankar, N.V. Narasihmaiah and K. S. Vimala, questioned why the ABVP was protesting now after one and a half years. The protestors urged Bangalore University not to heed the ABVP's demand.
The protestors also raked up the issue of the change of the logo of Tumkur University and said that it was an “insult” to people belonging to lower castes.