Left Academics and Writing of Indian History

Author(s): S. Ratnagar, Satish Saberwal, Harbans Mukhia, R. Champakalakshmi, Romila Thapar,
Muzaffar Alam, Suvira Jaiswal, K. N. Panikkar, K. Meenakshi, B. D. Chattopadhyaya, Yogesh
Sharma, R. N. Varma, Dilbaghsingh, Mridula Mukherjee, Aditya Mukherjee, N. Bhattacharya
and Bipan Chandra
Reviewed work(s):
Source: Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 13, No. 17 (Apr. 29, 1978), p. 713
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
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an aspect of Indian nothing to do with the granting or IT was recently reported over the BBC history which is generally neglected denial of admission to any particular (World Service) that the Indian foreign in most departments of Indian history. As is well the assassination of the 'moderate' Neither has any member of the CHS known in the JNU it was the CHS leader of the Herrero tribe . African leaders too favour the leaders selection committees for such appoint. is backed by the Soviet Faculty appointments can be made. we have often suffered at the hands of Centre for Historical Studies versity and accuses the Centre of not critics who did not know their own Jawaharlal Nehru University doing what it was never intended to minds. ed by the Academic Council came to dent. In this article Su. K entitled "Devaluation of Marxism by competence is part of nurturing excel. sequently a Review Committee appoint. 1978. MUZAFFAR ALAM. YOGESH SHARMA. includ. where unanimously endorsed by all the in Namibia. Indira Gandhi and her policies. and there have ference. It is he should say so openly and not make cants had been deliberately excluded. of the academic heads in the making the CHS who argued with the Univer. part of the friction bet- become taboo simply because someone gency are now trying to vilify those ween the SWAPO and the anti-SWAPO might on some occasion have urged its that showed some courage. well known that . and CHANDRA. DILBAGH- April 8. It thus appears that just as. One of the major cellor. of the Emergency. in October 1976 almost every member criticisms of the 'internal settlement' Banerjee accuses us of taking the of the CHS signed the protest against in Rhodesia is that it leaves the army cue from Indira Gandhi in trying to the 42nd Constitutional Amendment. B D CHATTOPADHYAYA. of the Herrero tribe a fact that is ments in colleges in Delhi or elsewhere. nothing to do with keeping out stu. SATISH SABERWAL. black forces is whether and how many pursuit. It the conclusion that the allegations were ly since SWAPO. Banerjee's unsubstantiated conten. ed last month) to take over as Presi- fication by resorting to statements dents from backward regions. While 713 . New Delhi do. and police in the hands of 'the whites develop the CHS into a "Centre of It is not surprising that those who for as long as 10 years. studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru Uni. student. No mem. Sithole. demand for the postponement of the tries for a settlement in Namibia to xist and non-Marxist opinion. ROMILA THAPAR. these proposals were with certain members of the Centre CHS. Surely excellence cannot remained silent throughout the Emer. It was alleged that some appli. which was among. desia where the Muzorewa. jee is for or against such qualities as SINGH. have taken a neutral position. dent at the end of 1978 when Namibia which are totally incorrect. Again ing in Namibia. The guidelines The occasion when the Admissions for the Centre were to encourage re. Faculty and Student Members of the Union. analogously. In 1974 there were Sam Nujoma. Excellence". In this MUKHERJEE. ed to remain in Namibia when elec- of ignoring "the competence of can.the West favoured allegations against the CHS which are The discrepancy arose over the system the leader of the minority Herrero patently false. is to be officiallly declared indepen- ber of the CHS has ever been accus. we are. South African soldiers should be allow- graph. the Faculty of of computing qualifying marks and had tribe in Namibia (who was assassinat- the CHS. Curiously. We. Banerjee is riot alone. the first to challenge who has been consistently denounced There have been no complaints in the political interference in admission in by the SWAPO as a puppet of the Centre about favouritism on the part July 1975 and it was the Faculty of South African racist regime. Attention to SUVIRA JAISWAL. Committee of the CHS was gheraoed by the Students Union in 1973 had Southern Africa search into the social and economic history of India. THIS is with reference to the article didates for scholarships". It is interesting that South nor do members of the CHS sit on Academic Council. then visiting New Delhi. R CHAMPAKALAKSHMI. on the contrary. S RATNAGAR. N BHATTACHARYA. No dat-eof admissions. deplore this attempt at vili. In Nambia.a 'leader' been hounded out from the Centre. accused It is indeed regrettable that a publi. MRIDULA MUKHERJEE. Morarji Desai. regarding admission procedures and (SWAPO). ADITYA manta Banerjee makes a slanderous competence and excellence. Sub. tian is that the CHS was supporting corroborated in the South African Hence the question of denying op. deciding scholarships. K N PANIKKAR. MEENAKSHI. BIPAN attack on the Centre for Historical confusion. The Admissions Committee minister had handed over a set of The Centre functions within a liberal was gheraoed as part of the general proposals suggested by Western coun- framework accommodating both Mar. The Defence Minister's statement regretting portunities to students does not arise. LETTERSTO EDITOR cal Weekly should lend its pages to Left Academics and Writing of this kind of venomous gossip. This is not surprising particular- ed of administrative irregularities. and it is unclear whether Baner. tions are held later this year. Since this happened within and Chirau group hag arrived at an been enough opportunities for such the first few weeks of the declaration 'internal settletnent' with the white complaints to have been made. If Banerjee has an axe to grind these complaints were directed at the Not surprisingly. 1978 foster Marxist research. which enjoys the may be pointed out that the JNU unfounded. R N VARMA. cation such as the Economic and Politi. the CHS could easily regime. Left Academicians" in your issue of lence. which conclusion was support of the majority Ovanbo tribe does not have affiliated colleges. in Rho- of appointments nor of the Faculty in sity authorities against this inter. the president of South claims to being a centre of Marxist some complaints by the Students Union West Africa Peoples' Organisation research have ever been made. a parallel' situation is develop- ing the recent enquiry by the Chan. rejected by the SWAPO leader. in the next 'para. The CHS was not set up to April 24. HAR- Indian History BANS aMUKHIA. facts are to the contrary.

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