Jammu & Kashmir

‘Resistance literature’: Curfewed Night, Agha Shahid Ali’s poetry to be removed from KU curriculum

A wide view shows Kashmir University’s Iqbal Library with students walking on the premises of the varsity. [FPK File Photo/ Umar Khurshid]

Srinagar: The authorities are likely to exclude the world-renowned literature of Agha Shahid Ali from the University of Kashmir’s curriculum (KU).

This move follows the recent removal of both Agha Shahid Ali’s and novelist Basharat Peer’s works from the MA (English) curriculum at Cluster University in Srinagar.

While Basharat Peer, who currently resides in the United States, gained recognition for his award-winning novel “Curfewed Night,” which was once part of the MA English curriculum, it has now been removed.

In addition to this, discussions are underway at KU regarding the potential removal of Agha Shahid Ali’s poetry and Basharat Peer’s novel, various reports say.

Education advisors in Delhi/Srinagar have justified these decisions by arguing that such literature falls under the category of “Resistance Literature,” which they believe fosters a “secessionist mindset, aspiration, and narrative” among students.

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