Kerala: Suspected terrorist’s poem in univ syllabus

July 29, 2013 by  
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Kerala, July 26, 2013: The university’s vice-chancellor has asked for a report in this regard.

Literature and Contemporary IssuesA poem written by suspected al-Qaeda terrorist Ibrahim Al-Rubaish has found its way in the graduation syllabus of Calicut University in Kerala.

However, state’s education minister says he is yet to hear about the issue.

The university’s vice-chancellor M Abdul Salam has asked Faculty of Language and Literature Dean M M Basheer to submit a report in this regard.

Basheer said his preliminary inquiry revealed that the poem could have been included in the syllabus without knowing the extremist background of the author.

“Any decision on removing the poem from the syllabus would only be taken after going through every detail,” he added.

Writer and critic Hameed Chennamangaloor criticized the Board of Studies for the controversy.

“It shows the carelessness of the English Board of Studies in selecting materials for the syllabus. What may have happened here was that those who edited the book included the poem without going deep on the author and his background,” he said.

“However, in my view if the poem sends a literary message in good meaning there is no need to remove it from the syllabus. But this should be done only after ensuring that there were no clandestine efforts involved in it,” he added.

– new indian express

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