Conference on humiliating ancient democracy; AIDWA Calls on UGC to Withdraw Universities Guidelines | national | Deshabhimani

As of November 17, 2022


On November 15, 2022, the University Grants Commission sent a letter to 45 Central Universities and 45 Deemed Universities, to organize lectures on India: Mother of Democracy to celebrate Constitution Day on November 26, 2022. The letter orders all universities to organize conferences. on the ancient origins of Indian democracy apart from reading the preamble and the chapter on fundamental duties. The UGC seems to have circulated a concept note on this subject which identifies 15 themes. Although the memo has not been made public, several media reports and statements by the UGC president suggest the themes include the glorification of ancient texts and anti-women traditions.

Lecture themes include Khap Panchayats, feudal and dictatorial monarchies and anti-woman customs that follow the Manusmruti. It is also ironic that the UGC has asked universities to celebrate Constitution Day in a way that fundamentally ignores women’s rights to a decent and dignified life. As he asks people to read the preamble, he promotes ideas and texts that have laid the groundwork for the oppression of women since ancient times.

The UGC attempted to push Vedic culture courses and modify the academic curriculum to suit the patriarchal Hindutva brigade. By publishing this letter, she has shown that she is not a stand-alone agency committed to the ideals of modern education, but becomes a servant of the Hindutva brigade.

He directly follows the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, who sells the idea of ​​Vedic democracy as the ideal political system. This idea is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of the Constitution and reinforces the regressive and anti-women content of the NEP, 2020. The NEP, 2020 lays the foundation for the promotion of Hindutva morality in universities and opens the door to glorification of patriarchal traditions. . The UGC President’s latest comments also provide justification for legitimizing illegal and conservative social institutions like the Khap Panchayats, against which AIDWA has waged a long campaign.

AIDWA calls on UGC to exercise its constitutional role of promoting modern education based on constitutional values. He calls on all members of the University to oppose attempts that will change the character of the UGC and make it an instrument of conservative Hindutva politics.

Malini Bhattacharya Mariam Dhawale
President Secretary General

Angela C. Hale