Monday, October 17, 2011

Sri Aurobindo has a say

[Can students tolerate, can teachers cope: Expert on Ramanujan essay - Indian Express
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As we are negotiating with the tussle over various versions of Savitri, Sri Aurobindo's early enthusiasm to purge Mahabharata of the spurious accretions comes to the mind. Modi's speech in Dwarka yesterday was laced with mythology, a common practice among the Hindutva activists. But to bulldoze genuine academic inquiry by mixing history with a favoured version of mythology is unfair and unjust.

Although periodical overhaul of syllabus cannot be faulted as everything, obviously can't be included, both the Marxist and the Hindutva bias permeating our Universities must end. This will happen when the nation accords Sri Aurobindo the place of honour he deserves. [TNM55]

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