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NCERT books under scanner

india Updated: Aug 31, 2006 12:01 IST
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Under pressure from the opposition on the language used in NCERT’s Hindi textbooks, the government on Wednesday announced the formation of a committee to look into the alleged discrepancies.

The committee, to be headed by well-known scholar Professor Yash Pal, will have five members: Mrinal Miri, chairperson, National Monitoring Committee, Nirmala Deshpandey, MP, Krishna Sobti, Hindi writer, Professor U R Ananthamurthy, Kannada writer and Ashok Vajpeyi, former vice-chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University.

Announcing the decision on the occasion of Hindi Diwas, HRD minister Arjun Singh said the committee would look into the objections raised by members in Parliament on Hindi textbooks.

The committee will recommend any improvements or revision that may be considered necessary and is expected to submit its report by September 30. BJP members in Rajya Sabha had raised objections on the content in Hindi textbooks claiming that language in many chapters was indecent and that the works of controversial persons like M F Hussain and Avatar Singh Pash were being taught.
The BJP members cited a poem Mochi Ram in a Hindi textbook called Antara which has objectionable lines according to them.

The BJP members have also said that by teaching Pash in schools, the government was trying to glorify Naxalism as Pash sympathized with Naxalites and was himself one among them.

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