Withdraw UGC letter to universities to hold lectures on ancient Indian democracy: AIDWA

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New Delhi: Left-leaning women’s organisation AIDWA has demanded the withdrawal of a letter from the University Grants Commission instructing all central universities to hold lectures on ancient Indian democracy, alleging that the proposed themes glorified anti-women ancient texts and traditions.In a statement, the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), said the letter dated November 15 was sent to 45 central and deemed-to-be universities each to hold lectures on “India: Mother of Democracy” to celebrate Constitution Day on November 26.
The letter, it said, directs all universities to hold lectures on the ancient origins of Indian democracy apart from reading the preamble and the chapter on fundamental duties.
“The University Grants Commission (UGC) appears to have circulated a concept note on this subject which identifies 15 themes. Though the note has not been made…

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