Shashi Tharoor – MP, Congress leader :
Some friends disapprove of my stand that academic freedom requires us to read, understand & debate every point of view, including those we disagree with.
If we don’t read Savarkar & Golwalkar, on what basis will we oppose their ideas?
Kannur University also teaches Gandhi & Tagore.
Intellectual freedom is far too important a value in our society to be sacrificed at the altar of party politics.
It is foolish to believe that ignorance of someone’s ideas will help you to defeat them.
I have quoted Savarkar & Golwalkar at length in my books, & refuted them.