The Congress government in Rajasthan
on Thursday instructed the state education board to remove controversial references from a Class X social science textbook that blamed the government for encouraging insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir.
The books were introduced during the Bharatiya Janata Party regime in 2004.
“Terrorism is the result of the government’s lenient attitude,” states one of the excerpts in the controversial chapter on ‘Social Awareness’ in the textbook, being taught to more than four lakh students.
Another controversial reference states: “Due to the connivance of terrorists and some senior officials in the state administration, the Jammu and Kashmir Rehabilitation Bill was passed in the assembly.”
Concerned that the references to terrorism in Kashmir could snowball into a political controversy, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot ordered a probe into the matter last month.
The three-member review panel’s 75-page report, submitted on September 9, recommended that the objectionable references be deleted.
The report also said some of the other textbooks in the curriculum had been written by academics, who sympathised with Hindu organisations such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
“An explanation will be sought from the writers...” Education Minister Bhanwar Lal said.
The author of the social science textbook, Dr Manroop Singh Meena, rubbished all allegations of bias. “What I have written is based on facts. It is wrong to give a political tinge to academics,” Meena told HT.
The revised textbooks will be introduced from the next academic session.