Srinagar- The authorities have removed award-winning memoir of Basharat Peer and Agha Shahid Ali’s poetry collection from the M.A English curriculum of the University of Kashmir and Cluster University.
Taking exception of what has been claimed ‘teaching resistance literature’ at the Kashmir University and Cluster University; the J&K administration has directed the two varsity administrations to immediately delete Peer’s memoir ‘The Curfewed Night’ and poetry collection of distinguished Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali from M.A English curriculum.
KU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nilofer Khan while confirming the development, said since new education policy has been introduced in J&K Union Territory, administration as per the guidelines of new policy has decided to delete the literature being taught at the post-graduation level at the varsity.
“Yes the Curfewed Night and another collection of poetry have been deleted from M.A English and that the decision was taken in accordance with the new education policy of J&K. The matter is being looked at from various other angles as well,” Nilofer told Kashmir Observer.
Sources at Kashmir University, however said the administration has directed the varsity authorities to stop teaching this type of literature as the same “propagates secessionist ideology” in the federally governed territory.
Both Cluster University and KU have complied with the directions and CU has even removed Agha Shahid Ali’s poetry from its website too.
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