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No ‘anti-national’ lecture, remarks, Kerala varsity tells college, employees

The Central College of Kerala has requested its college members and employees to “abstain from giving any kind of upsetting statements or lectures which can be anti-national and towards the curiosity of the nation”.
In a round issued by registrar Rajendra Pilankatta, the college warned of strict disciplinary motion towards these collaborating in such actions.
College sources stated the round, issued on September 2, is a sequel to the suspension of Gilbert Sebastian, assistant professor on the Division of Worldwide Relations and Politics.
Whereas instructing first-year MA college students on “Fascism and Nazism” on April 19, Gilbert had allegedly described the Sangh Parivar organisations and the Narendra Modi authorities as proto-fascist. He had allegedly criticised the Centre’s resolution to export Covid-19 vaccines, calling it unpatriotic.
The college subsequently arrange an inquiry committee and sought a proof. Gilbert was later positioned below suspension, which was revoked on June 10, after he provided a proof.
The varsity government council, which met June 24, known as Gilbert’s statements anti-national. The council members entrusted Vice Chancellor Prof H Venkateshwarlu to situation a round, asking the school and employees to abstain from making anti-national statements or lectures. The September 2 round was a results of this directive.

Sources stated Gilbert had later written to the V-C towards minutes of the council, which had acknowledged that “Gilbert had given a letter of remorse, withdrawal of the utterances he made within the class; and future assurance of not repeating.’’
In his letter to the V-C Gilbert wrote that the minutes on withdrawal of his suspension was incorrect and unacceptable to him. “What I had expressed within the letter was clearly a non-admission [of] remorse since my views within the class have been misconstrued by others. What I withdrew was any incidental remarks. EC’s remark that my ‘assertion within the class was anti-national’, [was] uncalled for and regrettable as it’s an unfounded allegation.”

The round has evoked protests among the many educational group on the college, which has President Ram Nath Kovind as its Customer.

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