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India: Protest Against Ambedkar Cartoon


India: Protest Against Ambedkar Cartoon, A day after NCERT advisor and head of the department of political science and public administration at the University of Pune Suhas Palshikar resigned following the controversy over the reproduction of a cartoon of B R Ambedkar in school textbooks, his office at the University of Pune was ransacked by four young men on Saturday. The assailants claimed they were from the Republican Panthers.

Two of them – Rahul Bharat Khandare, a resident of Pune, and Subhash Waman Telgute, of Buldhana district – were arrested later on charges of damaging public property, trespassing and obstructing a public servant from discharging his duty.

After a furore in Parliament over a sketch by political cartoonist Shankar Pillai in 1949, Palshikar and Delhi-based political scientist Yogendra Yadav had resigned as advisors to NCERT.

Senior police inspector Ajay Kadam said the two arrested accused claimed to be members of Republican Panther of India. A hunt is on for the other two suspects.

Suhas Palshikar said four youths came to his office around 1.30pm on Saturday and started arguing that a cartoon in an NCERT book had insulted Ambedkar.

Palshikar had resigned on Friday as NCERT adviser following the controversy.

“I tried to convince them that that was not the case, but in vain. They targeted the table, chair and cupboard and broke the window panes. They did not manhandle me though.”

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