University drops Muslim poet from political science syllabus

Delhi University’s Academic Council has passed a motion to remove a chapter on Pakistan’s national poet Muhammad Iqbal from the political science syllabus. Muhammad Iqbal wrote the famous patriotic song “Saare Jahan Se Achha” and is often credited with giving birth to the idea of Pakistan, writes Milan Sharma for India Today.

The decision was taken during the discussion on the undergraduate course in the 1014th Academic Council meeting of the University of Delhi. Vice-Chancellor Professor Yogesh Singh said “those who laid the foundation to break India should not be in the syllabus”. The proposal was unanimously passed by the house. The council also approved proposals to set up new centres for partition studies, Hindu studies, and tribal studies. However, five council members opposed the proposal on Partition Studies and said it was “divisive”.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), meanwhile, welcomed the development, saying “fanatic theological scholar” Iqbal was responsible for India’s partition. “Delhi University academic council decided to scrap fanatic theological scholar Mohd Iqbal from DU’s political science syllabus. It was previously included in BA's sixth-semester paper titled “Modern Indian political thought”, the ABVP said in a statement.
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