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Arrival of Militant Ram in Bengal

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The late eminent scholar, A K Ramanujan, reminded us in his well-known text, Three Hundred Ramayanas, that “not only do we have one story told by Valmiki in Sanskrit, we have a variety of Rama tales told by others, with radical differences among them.” It may be mentioned in this connection that the Academic Council of Delhi University decided to drop this celebrated text from the history syllabus a few years ago, despite intense opposition from the history department. The decision was preceded by a militant protest by activists from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) student wing, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, who “barged into the history department to protest the teaching of the Ramanujan text and vandalised the place.”

The above episode is not an isolated one. Different parts of India are witnessing manifestations of militant Hinduism being preached by the BJP.

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Updated On : 14th Apr, 2017

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