Delhi University has eradicated the work of Mahasweta Devi and the other two Dalits writers. As a result, many teachers are criticizing the sudden change in the English honors syllabus.
On 24 August 2021, 15 AC members expressed disagreement in the meeting against the Oversight Committee (OC). Bama and Sukhartharini Dalit authors displaced by upper-caste writer Ramabai, dissents added.
OC asked to delete the “Draupadi”, the story about a tribal woman from the syllabus. The worst thing is OC didn’t even give the logic behind the removal. Moreover, AC members said Draupadi has had its academic value in Delhi University since 1999.
HOW DELHI UNIVERSITY DEFENDS THEIR DECISION?
On the other hand, Vikas Gupta, DU registrar says, before taking decision stakeholders had passed the syllabus. The changes in the fifth semester of B.A. English honors implemented with the democratic process. In addition, he says, the media are stressing and highlighting false issues.
Moreover, he stated that the Executive Council renewed the course only after the suggestions. The Head of the English Department of DU gave the suggestions.
Most importantly, DU instructs the dissents to understand the present syllabus again and called it an inclusive decision. Any decision is not taken to hurt anyone’s sentiments. Further, the content was replaced without considering their caste and religion. University understands which literary work should add to courses.
DELHI UNIVERSITY COULDN’T CONVINCE THE AC MEMBERS
The DU justification letter is quite logical and it tried its best to convince the AC members. However, it doesn’t make the opponents take a step back.
Dr. R.C, Professor at Kirori Mal College says, the University defends the Oversight Committee instead of considering the 15 AC members’ concerns. Moreover, he proclaims, the DU statement is showing its ambivalence nature.