Dr. MK Jayaraj, Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University, Kerala, told the media that his university will not withdraw the controversial work by author Arundhati Roy “Appreciating Prose” from the syllabus of the third semester BA (English Literature).
The Calicut University is all set to include “Come September”, the print version of a speech by Roy in 2002. The book was compiled by CR Murugan Babu and Prof. Abida Farooqi. Roy described the capital punishment awarded to terrorist Afsal Guru as a stain on Indian democracy. She supported secessionism in Kashmir.
Roy had termed Kargil War as India’s attempt to grab Pakistani territory. She says India kills the people in the name of Citizens Amendment Act and abolition of Article 370. She did have no qualms to say that Maoists are Gandhians with guns.
Despite strong protests from BJP, ABVP and all other nationalist organisations, VC challenges the common sense of the patriots. No doubt he draws power from the CPM-led Pinarayi Vijayan regime to stick on to these sorts of shameless anti-national decisions.