8 months and 4 resignations: Member Secy of IHRC Resigns blames saffron agenda

Written by Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2015 6:11 am

Gopinath Ravindran, Member Secy, Indian Council of Historical Research, last week became the fourth official of a major academic/research institution to resign. Ravindran has blamed the ICHR chief and the ‘saffron’ agenda of Council members; two others have blamed the HRD Ministry.
One official has given no reason for his decision. Report:
Gopinath Ravindran
Member Secretary, ICHR
Quit June 2015
He was appointed during the term of the UPA in 2013, and resigned amid a growing perception that he had differences with ICHR Chairperson Y Sudershan Rao, and concerns over the “direction” the Council was taking. Soon after being appointed to the top post at ICHR, Rao had blogged in praise of the ancient Indian caste system, triggering a controversy.
At the ICHR Foundation Day lecture in March, Ravindran was heckled by some members of the audience after he disagreed with views expressed by Indologist and Veda specialist David Frawley. Subsequently, Ravindran opposed the Council’s decision to disband the editorial board and advisory committee of its prestigious journal, Indian Historical Review, of which historians of the eminence of Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib, Satish Chandra, Richard Eaton and B R Tomlinson were members.
STATUS: Ravindran has blamed differences with Rao, and the alleged saffron leanings of the majority at ICHR. There is no word yet on his successor.
MINISTRY’S VERSION: The HRD Ministry has not reacted to the resignation yet.
 
Parvin Sinclair, Director, NCERT
Quit October 2014
This was the first high-profile resignation on HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s watch. Sinclair, who had been appointed in 2012 for a five-year term, resigned after the government accused her of procedural lapses in the purchase of paper and pulp for textbooks and said an inquiry would be instituted. In December 2014, Sinclair told The Indian Express that “there was undue pressure on NCERT to not do what it is supposed to do”, that the Ministry “wanted to call the shots”, and that she was “not allowed to do what was important and due”.
STATUS: A search-cum-selection committee to pick a new director of

– See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/8-months-and-4-resignations/#sthash.Q6bBxdMJ.dpuf
 

Source: Islamic News Daily

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