For several days now, the heated debate and indignation is on over the withdrawal of Rohinton Mistry’s book - ‘Such a Long Journey’ from the Mumbai University’s TYBA Syllabus at the behest of the Shiv Sena. We talk to college students to know what they have to comment on the burning topic of a book that was burnt by the Shiv Sena just recently and has led to smoke of controversies around the book, the writer, the vice chancellor and the so called threat to the democracy of India.
Here’s what the collegians have to say….
It is certainly a hasty decision. Before removing it from the syllabus they should have consulted the academic experts. At the same time, the VC should not be blamed so much. The party pressure must have been too great to handle. Considering the party name involved in the controversy, the VC must have had experienced trouble in going against the pressure. But he could have definitely waited for some time and held the decision in order to consult the academic panel. In the end I think it was wrong decision.
H R College
It was a wrong decision and I don’t support it. Any political party pressurising the author or an organisation is like putting a lid on opinions that others may have and promulgating ideas favourable only to that party. It is very dangerous to democracy. If we give in to their pressures they will think they are superior. Whatever the writer has written; it is a different view of the party and his opinions should have been respected.
Education or other fields are all somehow controlled by the existing political parties. However the act of the party attacking the well honoured book is an intimidation to the writer’s freedom in a democratic country. Greater concern should be given to the propagation of literature and not the cultivation of political pressure. However the writer should also be answerable to whatever he has written. If the justification is available then there should be no problem. If it is simply the writer’s view then I guess right decision should be taken after appropriate discussions.
St. Andrews College