I profoundly admire these three brave scholars in India:
The tug-of-war between the management of National College and the Association of University Teachers over the former’s scrapping of philosophy as a course of study peaked on Friday as one of the three fasting philosophy professors of the college fainted. The three philosophy professors of the college – Dr T Seshasayee, 56, professor S Gunasekharan, 51, and Dr R Prabhakar, 49 – sat in what they called an indefinite fast three days ago demanding that the college not do away with the aided philosophy courses. . .
Though the condition of the three professors deteriorated on Friday, they refused to accept medical care. The medical team, police and revenue officials were waiting helplessly at the college premises as a solution evaded them. ”We want a categorical assurance from the government that the courses will be revived this academic year, or else we have no other option but to continue the agitation,” Pandiyan said.
We could learn a lesson or two from our colleagues in India. While we sit here, batting our eyelashes helplessly as entire departments are being destroyed to feed more football teams and a growing army of bureaucrats, some people show that they truly have the courage to defend their disciplines.