A magazine brought out by the students of Imam Gazzali arts and Science College in Koolivayalil of Wayanad district in Kerala has turned into a trouble after the college authorities denied permission raising objections over its name “Punayanu”.
The Pulayas are one of the tribal community in Kerala , Karnataka and in historical Tamil Nadu.
The college authorities claimed that the title is derogatory to the community Speaking to SouthLive, principal of the college Bollamma said that they will give nod to the title only after the students bring “legal clarification”.
However, the students say the title was chosen to denote the uprising of the downtrodden.
The Magazine Editor Muhammed Jaseer told SouthLive that the magazine intents to explore the irrationality of caste discrimination.
The message given by the magazine was that Pulayan means the son of the soil. In that sense, you and I are Pulayas. Everyone who came from the soil is a PulayaMuhammed Jaseer, Magazine Editor
The principal further added that if the students bring a legal advice from any advocate in written, the authorities might allow the students to go ahead with the magazine.
I am a lawyer too. In my knowledge, the word is a derogatory one and if we use the word, it will create legal issues. The students say they used the word in a positive spirit, but I am not convincedPrincipal
She also alleges that the students did not even consult the staff editor before naming the magazine, which students rebuked it.
After months-long hard-work we have completed the magazine and sent the PDF for printing. At this point, the management intervened and stopped it, saying that it would invite legal actionsPrincipal
The college managed by the Wayanad Muslim Orphanage is a self-financing arts and science college affiliated to Kannur University.