May 11, 2012
Prof. Parvin Sinclair
Subject: Resignation as Chief Advisers ( Pol Sc)
Dear Professor Sinclair,
We have followed the discussion in both Houses of the Parliament today regarding the cartoons published in the NCERT's Political Science Textbooks. We also heard the Hon'ble Minister's response to the debate in the Rajya Sabha wherein he has announced the deletion of the said cartoon, withdrawal of the textbook and institution of an independent review of all such cartoons and other 'objectionable' material in all the Political Science textbooks.
Since both of us were, and presumably continue to be, the Chief Advisers for all the Political Science textbooks of the NCERT from class IX to XII, it is only appropriate that we step aside to allow you to go ahead with the independent review process.
We agree that the government must bow to the wishes of the Parliament, especially if the feelings are so strong and cut across the political spectrum. At the same time, we believe that it is our duty to point out that the parliamentary consensus unsettles some fundamental canons of democratic society.
Allow us to place on record some of the facts that we had drawn your attention to in our communication of April 3rd (attached here):
Given all the facts stated above, we think that the short, heated and not very well informed debate in the Parliament did not do justice to the responsibility that a democratic society has towards it future generations. While deferring to the supremacy of the Parliament we think it is our duty to dissent.
Please treat this letter as a letter of resignation and relieve us of our responsibilities with immediate effect.
In view of the larger public issues involved here, we are releasing this letter to the media. We also attach our earlier communication to you dated April 3rd which clarifies all facts of the case.
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies,
29 Rajpur Road,
Professor, Dept of Politics,
University of Pune
Communication Dated April 3, 2012
About the controversy over cartoon in NCERT textbook of Political Science (Class XI)
Response from Chief Advisers
Editor's Note: The full text of the now controversial book is available here and the impugned cartoon appears on page 18 in Chapter 1
@ A.K.Saxena (a retired civil servant) - Now that you are no longer in service, it is really not necessary to submit copies in triplicates.:)
Outlook India : Cartoon Row:
Full Text: Letter of Resignation
'Our Duty To Dissent' 'We think that the short, heated and not very well informed debate in the Parliament did not do justice to the responsibility that a democratic society has towards its future generations' Yogendra Yadav, Suhas Palshikar------I
feel sad about Prof Yadav and Palshikar. What are they being harassed for ? The history books are replete with comments on slow drafting of the Constitution of India. Reasons were: lack of consensus within the drafting committee chaired by Baba Ambedkar. The country was eager to emerge as the sovereign Republic of India.
The present outrage in the country is not incandescent. It did not produce any light during Parliamentary discussions.. It was simply impotent rage. It merely generated heat and sound. A cartoon that existed since 1948,did not incite trouble for sixty years as the context then was different. The cartoon is totally irrelevant today and its inclusion in class XI textbook was unwarranted though inadvertently.
History of India can’t be changed. It is unfortunate that the situation is being politicized by those who have no respect for Baba B R Ambedkar.</p> <p>Why are the Parliamentarians not condemning Mayavati who illegally earned thousands of crores of rupees by encashing the name of Baba Ambedkar?
This Is an affront to the memory of that great great Indian. Mayavati has lost the moral right after misusing the name Baba Ambedkar and playing the dalit card all the time for her survival.
A K SAXENA (A retired civil servant )
"@Narayan - "We probably need an Ombusman to ensure sufficient representation for all sections in all committees, panels, bodies, etc., much more than a Lok Pal to root out corruption."
"An ombudsman who is 60% dalit/obc, 20%minority,20%uppercaste ?"
:) I can verily imagine a cartoon depicting an ombudsman who is as described above, but am afraid both the cartoon and outlook may be banned.
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