April 30, 2016

India: Delhi University drops 'India’s Struggle for Independence', the book under criticism by the Hindu Right

The Hindu

Delhi University drops controversial book
Updated: April 30, 2016 07:45 IST | Staff Reporter

Delhi University has decided to stop the sale and distribution of a Hindi translation of the book titled “India’s Struggle for Independence”, which has been part of DU’s History curriculum for over two decades.

The book has been in the limelight for its reference to Bhagat Singh as a “revolutionary terrorist”.

Chapter 20 of the book has called Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Surya Sen and others “revolutionary terrorists”. The book also calls the Chittagong movement a “terrorist act”, and the killing of British police officer John Sanders an “act of terrorism.

Bhagat Singh’s family had raised objections to the reference and written to Union Minister Smriti Irani, who, on April 27, asked Delhi University vice-chancellor Yogesh Tyagi to “reconsider” the use of the book.

The book has been criticised for calling Bhagat Singh a “revolutionary terrorist”