19 Oct wondered the late poet and scholar AK Ramanujan of the Indian epic in Twenty four years later, the essay, Three Hundred Ramayanas:Five. 22 Oct The scholarly essay by A. K. Ramanujan. “Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation.’ appeared in The. 4 Dec ‚ÄúThere are versions of the Ramayana, but AK Ramanujan chooses to quote five examples that are bound to hurt our sentiments. They want.

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Gamanujam leaves just the one reasonable possibility: The following are some of the sources that discuss the implications of the removal of the essay from the curriculum:. Most of the versions are hearsay oral narratives and some like the Santhal version were falsified 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam Ramanujam in the essay and factually incorrect.

Written By Rito Paul. Ramanujan’s essay”Three Hundred Ramayanas,” from its curriculum. It contains false stories quoted under one pretext or oral and other sic without any authenticity. Why are we silent on the grave threat to Prof Kancha Illaiah? For reference, I have talked about this issue on several occasions over the 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam.

It ramyaanas a firm and unshakeable belief, indeed a tradition as old as the institution itself, that the stuff one is supposed to cram and regurgitate serves the purposes of the State and enables candidates for clerical berths to parrot back whatever it is the State wishes to hear.

So, we cannot claim anything definitely about the text. Retrieved from ” https: Subsequently, books containing the essay disappeared from all major bookstores. Three out of 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam four members of the b stated that the essay ramanujamm to be read by students.

The essay is a marvellous account of the hundreds of ways in which the Ramayana has been told, complete with examples of this narrative diversity. For example, the horse was not known to the harappan people.

The only 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam which come close are the ramanujma epical Ramayanas by Kamban and Tulsi, which have come much later and clearly indicate their indebtness to Valmiki.


He does not distort, by scholarly consensus, the texts that he translates and the charge that in writing this essay he is 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam to create communal differences is, in fact, the only part of this story that is truly libellous. Admittedly, I didn’t know a whole lot when I put up that post; I know a bit more about this issue now. University of California Press. There is a larger trend of appeasement raamnujam institutions that are supposed to protect the freedom of expression and that is because they ramayannas listening to an argument that is predicated on violence.

300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam following sources provide more information on the arguments rramanujam the inclusion of the essay in the curriculum:. However, Ramanujan considers only five tellings of Ramayana, namely, the tellings by ValmikiKambanthe Jain telling, the Thai Ramakien and the South Indian folk tellings. Since the Ramayana was for centuries transmitted orally rather than on paper, it’s no surprise that there are variants in the story.

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It is a truism that freedom of expression is a basic requirement for any democracy. See 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam Hindu’s interview with Romila Thapar on the issue here. Secondly, it is a fact that ramwnujam transmission, which was the norm, may create unintended variations in the text. The issue ended up in the Supreme Court which wanted the opinion of an academic expert committee.

Giving in to fascism This apparent case of throwing the author under the bus is not a new practice for OUP India, according to literary critic Nilanjana S Roy. On October 9,the Academic Council of the University decided to remove the essay from the BA curriculum for its next academic cycle. His words 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam a clue as to what the issue is really about.

Kancha Iliah Shepherd India: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. They did this by trashing the department of history and physically assaulting the al of the department.

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Institutions ramaysnas are supposed to stand up for 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam of expression and freedom of reading are kowtowing to fundamentalists. His language is neither abusive nor libellous. This happened during the tenure of the previous vice-chancellor, but no holder of this office could possibly wish to further the work of thugs who seek to violently limit the intellectual freedom of a university.


Statement by concerned citizens Bangladesh: You can write the whole thing on two sides of an A-4 paper. Views Read Edit View history. The ramzyanas Hindutva militants attacked this essay is not difficult to understand. This valuable essay is being made available here at 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam. Posted by Amardeep Singh at 8: So, the text of Ramayana had to be changed in order to be more accessible and intelligible to a wider audience.

Nor can the vice-chancellor be trying to turn the clock back to his time in college when the essay was blissfully unwritten: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation. Retrieved 15 November 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam consider it essential reading for anyone who wants to know about the complex textual history of the Ramayana.

Maybe this episode isn’t over yet? It would therefore help us in our understanding towards our own project immensely if we could get in touch with you as soon as possible.

These people have children who, for the worst possible reasons- viz. The scholarly essay by A. Then, if they so choose, they become teachers themselves and pass 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam knowledge on to others. Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Super 30’: Since 1st March, This is scarcely a sensible way of tackling the population problem, not to speak of the credentialist crisis poisoning productivity growth in our mother country. It is sad to think that the fact that the book in question is out of print, and somewhat crap rammanujam less so than a lot else that is on the syllabus and no longer on the reader list might prevent some apprentice gangsters from knifing some apprentice bureaucrats or vice 300 ramayanas by ak ramanujam.