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‘Don’t sacrifice intellectual freedom at the altar of party politics’, says Shashi Tharoor on Kannur University’s allegation of saffronisation

'दलगत राजनीति की वेदी पर बौद्धिक स्वतंत्रता का बलिदान न करें', कन्नूर विश्वविद्यालय पर लगे भगवाकरण के आरोप पर बोले शशि थरूर

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that his government would not glorify the leaders and ideas who had backed the freedom movement. He had also said that a two-member expert committee has already been appointed to look into the matter.

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. (file photo)

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said that intellectual freedom should not be sacrificed at the altar of party politics. He said it is “foolish” to believe that by ignoring someone’s ideas, you can defeat them. Tharoor’s statement is being seen in a way in support of the decision of Kannur University, according to which excerpts from the books of former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak MS Golwalkar and Hindu Mahasabha leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar should be accepted as postgraduate courses on governance and politics. has been included in.

Criticizing this decision of the university, various student organizations have accused the university of ‘saffronisation’. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that his government would not glorify the leaders and ideas who had backed the freedom movement.

Tharoor wrote in his Facebook post, ‘Intellectual freedom is so important in our society that it cannot be sacrificed at the altar of party politics. It is foolish to believe that by ignoring someone’s ideas, you can defeat them. I have quoted and refuted Savarkar and Golwalkar in my books.

He said some of his friends criticized his stand that academic freedom “gives us the opportunity to read, understand and discuss every point of view, even those we disagree with.” Tharoor wrote in the post, ‘If we do not read Savarkar and Golwalkar, then on what basis will we refute their views? Also taught about (Rabindranath) Tagore and (Mahatma) Gandhi in Kannur University.

University will take decision after committee’s report: Vice Chancellor

Vijayan had said in a press conference that no one should glorify reactionary ideologies and leaders who uphold such views. He had also said that a two-member expert committee has already been appointed to look into the matter and necessary steps would be taken by the university based on the panel’s recommendation. University vice-chancellor Gopinath Raveendran had said that a committee comprising experts from outside the university has been asked to submit a report within five days and after that a further decision on the syllabus would be taken.

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