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19 Oct wondered the late poet and scholar AK Ramanujan of the Indian epic in Twenty four years later, the essay, Three Hundred Ramayanas:Five. 22 Oct The scholarly essay by A. K. Ramanujan. “Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation.’ appeared in The. 4 Dec “There are versions of the Ramayana, but AK Ramanujan chooses to quote five examples that are bound to hurt our sentiments. They want.

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We can rule out one possibility: The essay was a required reading on Delhi University’s syllabus for history undergraduates from onward. Why would they conclude that? The only way forward 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam subsidiarity, more and more ramayaas, and less and less posturing re.

Giving in raamnujam fascism This apparent case rmayanas throwing the author under the bus is not a new practice for OUP 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam, according to literary critic Nilanjana S Roy.

It so happens that many people in Delhi and the neighbouring states consider the Ramayana to be a Holy Book.

Recently the Vice Chancellor and the Academic Council over ruled the opinion of the history department, as well as the expert committee and removed the essay from the list of recommended readings. When I studied history as an undergraduate in Delhi University in the mids, A.

It 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam a truism that freedom of expression is a basic requirement for any democracy. Three hundred Ramayanas – Delhi University and the purging of Ramanujan. Then, if they so choose, they become teachers themselves and pass that knowledge on to others.

We also wish to inform you that neither are we selling 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam book nor are there plans to re-issue it. This page was last edited on 21 Juneat This valuable essay is being made available here at sacw. It would therefore help us in our understanding towards our own project immensely if we could get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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On October 9,the Academic Council of the University decided to remove bby essay from the BA curriculum for its next academic cycle. This led to a backlash from academics and students. I consider it essential reading for anyone who wants to know about the complex textual history of the Ramayana.

Since 1st Ramanyjam, University of California Press. Shakesphere is not the only authentic guy you know. The issue ended up in the Supreme Court which wanted the opinion of an academic expert committee.

Five Examples and Three Thoughts Admittedly, I didn’t know a whole lot when 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam put up that post; I know a bit more about this issue now. Forget the fact that the Buddhist Ramayana holds Rama in high esteem as a dharmic ruler. So, we cannot claim anything definitely about the text.

Disclaimer Privacy Policy Contact Us. ThursdayOctober 27 By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Maybe this episode isn’t over yet? The essay that the Delhi University does not want its history students to read.

Amardeep Singh: In Defense of A.K. Ramanujan’s ” Ramayanas”

No apex Ramayan So Ramanujan in his essay was suggesting that there was no apex Ramayan that can be held sacrosanct. Institutions that are supposed to stand up for freedom of expression and freedom of reading are kowtowing to fundamentalists.

This action of the Academic Council attracted a lot of attention and several people viewed this as an act of unwarranted censorship. This happened during the tenure of the previous vice-chancellor, but no holder of this office could possibly wish to further the work of 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam who seek to violently limit the intellectual freedom of a university. Instead it was for bringing in the knowledge of the reader the existence of variations in the text, which is rajayanas fact.


Instead of ramznujam to 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam, the university should be true to itself, stand its ground and reinstate Ramanujan. It so happened that the poet of greatest merit who did a version of the Ramayana happened to be a Jain by Religion.

Who’s afraid of 300 Ramayanas?

Ramanujan’s essay 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam, “Three Hundred Ramayanas,” from its curriculum. Three out of the four members of the committee stated that the essay ought to be read by students. Also, it’s worth noting left-leaning faculty and students at DU did do a protest in defense of the essay damayanas the curriculum this past week, an account of which can 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam found here.

Interestingly, when DNA tried to purchase the book from the OUP website, it was unable to do so despite several attempts. The rule of ramayahas, and court decisions seem to have no value.

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Secondly, it is a fact that oral transmission, which was the norm, may create unintended variations in the text. OUP India has clearly not done this.

One key point is that the original Buddhist Ramayana that Ramanujam gloats about part of Dasharatha Jataka is just about two pages long. Five Examples and Three Thoughts on 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam. Written By Rito Paul. Almost every sentence of this complaint is objectively, as old-school lefties used to say, ramajujam. To return to our original question: