It’s indeed an irony of sorts that on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the first meeting of our Parliament, the very same hall of the Lok Sabha where our constitution makers met, witnessed disruption of proceedings in protest against a cartoon depicting Nehru and Baba Saheb Ambedkar. To me, this is nothing but a grave insult to our constitution, considered as one of the best in the world that has given us equality, freedom and all the civilian rights, and also to the great wisdom of Ambedkar, who as the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee played a stellar role in its drafting.
On the other, the action of the Central Govt., and the HRD minister in particular, in meekly succumbing to a mere shout of opposition has been a big let down of not only our Constitutional guarantees but also of our education system, of our future generation who need to learn to reason as well as all our learned academics who strive to impart the best education to our students. It is a shame.
- Save the classroom from the political class. By Suhas Palshikar, The Hindu, May 16, 2012
- Schooled in sanctimony. Satish Deshpande, The Hindu. May 18, 2012.
- MPs' protest against cartoon is vote-bank politics: Dalit activists - ‘Episode an affront to freedom of expression and attack on Ambedkar himself'. Sunny Sebastian from Jaipur, The Hindu, May 18, 2012.
- Why so much fuss over a cartoon, ask academics. Meera Srinivasan fromChennai, The Hindu, May 18, 2012
- Academics slam Sibal for cartoon ban in textbooks. TNN, May 18, 2012
- Cartoon row: In this controversy, we are all victims of self-deception. By Mrinal Miri. Times of India, May 17, 2012.