31 October, 2020

‘It May End With The Closing Of The Indian Mind’

In an in-depth conversation with Ishan Joshi on November 23, Thapar puts forward an extensive critique of the current dispensation and its attitude towards autonomy, education, liberal traditions and democratic institutions-for her, the vital issues

‘It May End With The Closing Of The Indian Mind’

Professor Romila Thapar , member of the Prasar Bharati board till last week when she was "retired" by the Vajpayee government, is counted among India’s most outstanding historians and is an internationally-acclaimed social scientist. Her work on ancient Indian history and the origins of Indian civilisation has been read by generations of school and college students. She has also taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, Jawarharlal Nehru University, apart from Delhi University and other leading universities the world over.

When were you informed about your "retirement" from the Prasar Bharati board?
The letter arrived last night. Just the bare bones-that under section so-and-so of the act, two people have to be retired at the end of every two years and the schedule is as follows: ‘99, Rajendra Yadav and myself; 2001, Abid Hussain and U.R. Rao and 2003, George Verghese. I thought to myself, how crude can they be? Even normal courtesy demands that you at least say thank you... But...



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