Day 74: A Fine Balance


In September 2010, Such a Long Journey was withdrawn by the Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University from the B.A. syllabus after the Shiv Sena’s student wing alleged that the book contained derogatory remarks about Maharashtrians. The protest was led by Aditya Thackeray. The sudden withdrawal of the book has caused an uproar. Academics and activists protested the move by reading out from the book at a book reading session.

Rohinton Mistry, in response to the banning wrote a lengthy open letter to Shiv Sena. He says “…For days, the Vice-Chancellor said nothing, offered no explanation. He is, we are told, a Ph.D. in statistics — a useful subject for dealing with permutations, combinations, probabilities but silent on the matter of moral responsibility.”

The full letter can be found here.

Source: The Hindu

A Fine Balance was written by Rohinton Mistry. It was published in 1995.



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