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Narendra Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee to be in school syllabus soon

Rashpal Singh and P Srinivasan, Hindustan Times  Jaipur, May 02, 2014
First Published: 00:49 IST(2/5/2014) | Last Updated: 08:51 IST(2/5/2014)

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is still far from the Prime Minister’s chair. But that has not stopped Rajasthan education minister Kali Charan Saraf from planning to introduce a chapter on Modi’s ‘life and struggles’ in the school curriculum as soon as he gets the top job.

Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee will also feature in the curriculum at the secondary school level, Saraf said.

His justification is that when school books can have chapters dedicated to Congress leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, other deserving leaders can also be accommodated.

“Atalji did superb job but he has not been included in any curriculum just because he is not from Congress. I plan to include chapters on Atalji and Modi once he becomes PM,” Saraf told HT.

Saraf said Modi has struggled a lot in the life and his life story would inspire students to achieve higher goals in life.

The Congress has criticised Saraf’s idea. “BJP tries to promote the ideology of RSS whenever it comes to power. They should also include the 2002 riots in the chapter,” said state Congress spokesperson Archana Sharma.

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