“Which One Is The Lower Caste?” Question In Semester Exam Creates Outrage

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Question about caste in a second semester MA History exam paper at Salem’s Periyar University in Tamil nadu has sparked a controversy in the state, prompting the university to say that it will set up an enquiry committee into the lapse. Picture of the question paper is trending in the internet platforms with many expressing their displeasure over an educational institute sowing such discriminative thought among the students.


The controversial question appeared in the 75 Mark MA Degree exam paper. Under Part A. “Freedom movement in Tamilnadu from 1880 CE to 1947 CE’, 15 multiple choice questions of 1 mark each were listed. Alongside questions like when was East India Company founded in India, which year was the Vernacular Press act introduced etc was question number 11 : “Which one is lower caste belongs to Tamil nadu ?”

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Netizens slammed the college authorities for setting up a question paper at a university that was named after Dravidian ideologue Periyar who fought for the eradication of caste. “When we enquired, the teachers who prepared this question said that it is part of the syllabus. This could have been avoided” D. Gopi, registrar of the university, told media before adding that the questions were prepared from the staffs of another college. An official press released stating that an investigation will be carried out has also surfaced in the internet.

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Here’s how internet users reacted to the question asked by Periyar university :

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