The inclusion of a speech 'Come September' in Calicut University syllabus has sparked a row in Kerala, as BJP state president K Surendran demanded its immediate withdrawal.
Surendran wrote a letter to the Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan and asked him to intervene this matter. He took to Twitter and wrote, "Why did the Calicut University include Jihadi literature as part of its syllabus? Arundhati Roy's speech which is part of the university's literature programme dismisses everything this country stands for. I wrote a letter to Hon’ble @KeralaGovernor to intervene this matter (sic)."
The lecture 'Come September' was delivered by Arundhati Roy on September 18, 2002, at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
The Calicut University has included the same lecture in its third semester BA syllabus.
"The said essay is taken from a speech given by Ms Roy in the United States in 2002, challenging the government's policies and India's constitution," wrote K Surendran in his letter addressed to Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan.
"Our poor students have been forced to learn a speech given to an anti-India audience against the Kargil war. This is akin to insulting those brave soldiers who gave up their lives to protect our territorial integrity," he added.