So happy to see concerned citizens are speaking out against the University of Mumbai dropping Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey from their syllabus due to pressure from a right wing group. I received a message from a Mumbai University student asking me to publicize an online petition protesting the ban of Misty’s work, and am glad to oblige. Here is an excerpt from the petition; the link to sign the petition is here, and also provided below the text.
“To: Governor of Maharashtra (Chancellor of the University of Mumbai)
If you strongly feel that voices of dissent need to emerge against the shrinking democratic spaces within the university and the city of Mumbai in general, then please lend your support by endorsing the statement and signing the letter, and replying to the person who has sent you the email so that signatures can be collated.
Please feel free to forward this to friends and colleagues who will be interested, and get back to me when you get signatures from them, latest by Wednesday the 13th of October, 2010.
The full text of the petition is here. Please go here to sign this online petition. I’m also posting the link on my Facebook account. Please tweet, share this link on FB or any other platform of your choice if you are so inclined.