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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of the academic heads in the making the CHS who argued with the Univer. This is not surprising particular- ed of administrative irregularities. New Delhi do. sequently a Review Committee appoint. South African soldiers should be allow- graph. The guidelines The occasion when the Admissions for the Centre were to encourage re. 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. and CHANDRA. R N VARMA. MUZAFFAR ALAM.a 'leader' been hounded out from the Centre. and there have ference. is to be officiallly declared indepen- ber of the CHS has ever been accus. in the next 'para. 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. 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. jee is for or against such qualities as SINGH. One of the major cellor. No dat-eof admissions. these proposals were with certain members of the Centre CHS. MEENAKSHI. then visiting New Delhi. deplore this attempt at vili. tions are held later this year. No mem. K entitled "Devaluation of Marxism by competence is part of nurturing excel. Surely excellence cannot remained silent throughout the Emer. We. Faculty and Student Members of the Union. which conclusion was support of the majority Ovanbo tribe does not have affiliated colleges. tian is that the CHS was supporting corroborated in the South African Hence the question of denying op. deciding scholarships. LETTERSTO EDITOR cal Weekly should lend its pages to Left Academics and Writing of this kind of venomous gossip. Excellence". Committee of the CHS was gheraoed by the Students Union in 1973 had Southern Africa search into the social and economic history of India. of the Herrero tribe a fact that is ments in colleges in Delhi or elsewhere. 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. 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. ed to remain in Namibia when elec- of ignoring "the competence of can. have taken a neutral position. Again ing in Namibia. of the Emergency. It is he should say so openly and not make cants had been deliberately excluded. N BHATTACHARYA. The CHS was not set up to April 24. HAR- Indian History BANS aMUKHIA. DILBAGH- April 8. ed by the Academic Council came to dent. Curiously. It the conclusion that the allegations were ly since SWAPO. which enjoys the may be pointed out that the JNU unfounded. is backed by the Soviet Faculty appointments can be made. It was alleged that some appli. Morarji Desai. student. and it is unclear whether Baner. nothing to do with keeping out stu. includ. demand for the postponement of the tries for a settlement in Namibia to xist and non-Marxist opinion. 1978. the Faculty of of computing qualifying marks and had tribe in Namibia (who was assassinat- the CHS. accused It is indeed regrettable that a publi. facts are to the contrary. R CHAMPAKALAKSHMI. 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 West favoured allegations against the CHS which are The discrepancy arose over the system the leader of the minority Herrero patently false. black forces is whether and how many pursuit. Sub. In 1974 there were Sam Nujoma. B D CHATTOPADHYAYA. on the contrary. SATISH SABERWAL. a parallel' situation is develop- ing the recent enquiry by the Chan. The Defence Minister's statement regretting portunities to students does not arise. Banerjee is riot alone. Attention to SUVIRA JAISWAL. cation such as the Economic and Politi. Banerjee's unsubstantiated conten. It thus appears that just as. 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. While 713 . regarding admission procedures and (SWAPO). analogously. 1978 foster Marxist research. African leaders too favour the leaders selection committees for such appoint. 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 . BIPAN attack on the Centre for Historical confusion. Indira Gandhi and her policies. ADITYA manta Banerjee makes a slanderous competence and excellence. 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. which was among. desia where the Muzorewa. the CHS could easily regime. MRIDULA MUKHERJEE. in Rho- of appointments nor of the Faculty in sity authorities against this inter. In Nambia. If Banerjee has an axe to grind these complaints were directed at the Not surprisingly. ed last month) to take over as Presi- fication by resorting to statements dents from backward regions. ROMILA THAPAR. In this article Su. rejected by the SWAPO leader. Left Academicians" in your issue of lence. S RATNAGAR. THIS is with reference to the article didates for scholarships". Sithole. YOGESH SHARMA. It is interesting that South nor do members of the CHS sit on Academic Council. K N PANIKKAR. In this MUKHERJEE. where unanimously endorsed by all the in Namibia. 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. dent at the end of 1978 when Namibia which are totally incorrect. we are. studies of the Jawaharlal Nehru Uni. well known that .

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