Prof who called Dal­its, Mus­lims ‘anti­na­tional’ is ICSSR mem­ber

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - NATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent n let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Amita Singh, who had last year cre­ated a con­tro­versy af­ter her al­leged re­mark that Dal­its and Mus­lims are “anti-na­tion­als”, is among the 13 peo­ple se­lected by the min­istry of hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment as the mem­ber of In­dian Coun­cil of So­cial Science Re­search (ICSSR).

The min­istry had last month ap­pointed an­thro­pol­o­gist Brij Bi­hari Ku­mar as the chair­man of ICSSR. Ac­cord­ing to sources, af­ter his ap­point­ment other mem­bers of the coun­cil are be­ing ap­pointed.

The ICSSR was es­tab­lished in 1969 by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to pro­mote re­search in so­cial sciences. It gives grants to in­sti­tu­tions and schol­ars, and re­views the progress of so­cial science re­search.

Among those who have been cho­sen as the mem­bers are JNU pro­fes­sors Amita Singh and Ash­wini Ma­ha­p­a­tra, Delhi Univer­sity pro­fes­sor and hon­orary di­rec­tor of In­dia Pol­icy foun­da­tion, Rakesh Sinha, and Bi­har Univer­sity Vice Chan­cel­lor HCS Rathore.

Singh, who heads the JNU’s Cen­tre of Law and Gover­nance, had cre­ated a con­tro­versy dur­ing the sedi­tion row at the var­sity by al­legedly calling Dal­its and Mus­lims as “anti-na­tion­als”.

While the pro­fes­sor had main­tained that she was “quoted out of con­text”, the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Sched­uled Caste had sent a show-cause no­tice to JNU over the is­sue.

A few se­lected mem­bers of the ICSSR in­clude Pune Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Shan­tishree Pan­dit, man­age­ment pro­fes­sor P Kan­gasaba­p­athi, eco­nomics pro­fes­sor San­jay Sat­yarthi, lin­guist from the Hy­der­abad Cen­tral Univer­sity Pan­chanan Mo­hanty, Dalit wo­man aca­demi­cian KS Kho­bra­gade, TS Naidu, PV Kr­ishna Bhatt and HS Bedi.

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