Kerala's Hindu leader and State BJP president K. Surendran has demanded to remove Arundhati Roy's lecture 'Come September' which is taught to BA English Literature students of Calicut University.
According to the report
, in a statement issued against the State Education Department for including the lecture in the syllabus, K. Surendran noted that the aim of the 'textbook' which openly accuses Hindus of practicing fascism in India "is to divide the campuses in the name of religion."
"Why did the Calicut University include Jihadi literature as part of its syllabus?" K.Surendran questioned.
K. Surendran demanded sedition case to be filed against those responsible for the lecture figuring in the syllabus. He also demanded the text to be withdrawn forthwith. He threatened that BJP would stage strong protests and proceed with legal procedures in this regard.
Several sedition charges have been registered against writer Arundhati Roy. In an August 2008 interview with The Times of India
, Roy expressed her support for the independence of Kashmir from India
She was charged with sedition along with separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others by Delhi Police for their "anti-India" speech at a 2010 convention on Kashmir: "Azadi: The Only Way".
In response to India's testing of nuclear weapons in Pokhran, Rajasthan, Roy wrote The End of Imagination (1998), a critique of the Indian government's nuclear policies.
Roy has raised questions about the investigation into the 2001 Indian Parliament attack and the trial of the accused. According to her, Mohammad Afzal Guru was being scapegoated.
Roy has criticized
the Indian Government's armed actions against the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency in India. Roy's description of the Maoists as "Gandhians" raised a controversy. In other statements, she has described Naxalites as patriots "of a kind"
On 25 December 2019
, while speaking at Delhi University, Roy urged people to mislead authorities during the upcoming enumeration by the National Population Register (NPR), which she said can serve as a database for the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The remarks were criticized across the political divide. Complaint against her was registered under sections 295A, 504, 153 and 120B of Indian Penal Code at Tilak Marg police station, Delhi.