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Educating The Manoos

The rot in Mumbai University goes deep

Educating The Manoos
Apoorva Salkade
Educating The Manoos
outlookindia.com
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  • Mumbai University on the decline over the last decade
  • Withdrawal of Such A Long Journey over Sena pressure is the latest manifestation of this
  • Academic courses discouraged in favour of funds-generating  self-financed courses
  • Little meaningful research happening; political interference bane in university functioning  
  • V-C’s appointment has been challenged in court. They say he is not qualified for the job.

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The story of Gustad Noble, the protagonist in Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey, ends with Noble pulling black paper masking (mandatory during the 1971 war) off the ventilators and window panes of his house. In Mumbai University, where the novel was controversially withdrawn from the second year Bachelor of Arts curriculum, the metaphor was telling: dark days loom ahead.

The story about the book withdrawal has done the rounds—collegian Aditya Thackeray chances upon passages that he found “derogatory” to grandfather Bal Thackeray and demands its withdrawal; a motley group of young Shiv Sainiks torch copies of the book at the varsity gates; vice-chancellor Dr Rajan Welukar, using emergency powers vested in him, withdraws the book within 24 hours.

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