New Delhi: Condemning Delhi University’s decision to eliminate AK Ramanujan essay on Ramayana from the history departments’ syllabus, the Democratic Teachers Forum of the varsity along with student association-Students Federation of India and All India Students Forum will stage demonstration within the campus on October 24.

The essay ‘Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation’ hit the headlines with Academic Council decision to remove it from the curriculum. Teachers association along with few historians slammed the council for the decision.

The controversial essay of Ramanujan was included in DU’s course in 2006. In 2008 controversy erupted which landed the issue in Supreme Court. A four member committee was appointed to take decision to whether or not to retain the lesson in BA (Hons.) history syllabus.

The three members of the committee gave decision in favour of maintaining the essay a part of curriculum while one member recommended removal of the essay from the syllabus.

The report was presented before the academic council. Out of the 120 council members 111 turned down the decision to retain the text in the course. On October 9, the council decided to remove the essay.

The 30-page controversial essay presents the different aspects of Ramayana on the basis legends and several age old text. Citing Jain stories, Ramanujan in his essay mentioned that Lord Hanuman was not ‘Brahmachari’. It also mentions about Tamil narration which says Ravan was killed by Sita.

JPN/Bureau