Nehru may make a comeback in Rajasthan textbooks after protests
A Rajasthan education panel that triggered a raging controversy by chopping references to the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in textbooks will recommend correction of what it said was an “oversight” by the panel of writers.india Updated: May 11, 2016 00:35 IST
A Rajasthan education panel that triggered a raging controversy by chopping references to the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in textbooks will recommend correction of what it said was an “oversight” by the panel of writers.
The reduced content on Nehru was not intentional, Brajmohan Ramdev, the convener of the state panel that revises curriculum, said amid protests by the opposition Congress which has accused the BJP government of changing the curriculum under the influence of the RSS.
Ramdev, a retired official in the state education department, was one of the authors of the Class 8 social science text book that has emerged as a point of friction between the ruling BJP and the Congress.
Congress leaders and workers took to the streets to protest after the Rajasthan State Board’s social science books reduced references to Nehru.
Ramdev said the coordinator of the committee Narayan Prajapat will write to the State Institute of Education Research and Training (SIERT) in
Udaipur that oversees the formation of curriculum and preparation of textbooks.
“SIERT will be asked to either revise the text books and correct the references to Nehru or make the corrections in the next edition,” Ramdev said.
Ramdev also said the new history textbooks will refer to Maharana Pratap as great. Ramdev evaded a reply on whether the new books would not refer to Akbar as great. The issue also echoed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday with Congress and CPI-M accusing the BJP of trying to distort history.
Government refutes allegations
The Government on Monday refuted allegations that attempts are being made to drop national leaders and Congress icons from textbooks for schools in several BJP-ruled states.
Responding to the charges levelled by the Congress in the Rajya Sabha that the BJP government is doctoring textbooks, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: “We want to assure that no icon is being removed or hidden. Those that had been removed are being added.”
Congress’s Rajeev Shukla said national leaders such as Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar and Maulana Azad are being dropped from textbooks and attempts are being made to whitewash history.