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TN to desaffronise education: Minister

india Updated: Jul 25, 2006 22:24 IST
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In a bid to 'desaffronise education', Tamil Nadu government would remove portions on 'Hindutva policies', in some of the prescribed text books under the school syllabus, state School Education minister Thangam Thennarasu told the assembly on Tuesday.

Intervening during the debate on the state budget, the minister said "this saffronisation of education did not take place when the DMK was in power. However, we will take all steps to remove those portions aimed at saffronisation."

Dalit Panthers of India member and a known writer, Ravikumar, while participating in the debate, said some portions of a few school text books were aimed at propagating 'Hindutva policies' and sought their immediate removal.

Ravikumar, who had recently brought to the notice of the government the plight of the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in the Tamil Nadu camps, praised Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for initiating measures for their betterment.

He appealed to the DMK government to press the Centre to sign the UN Convention on Refugees, which would help the United Nations High Commission for Refugees function legally in the country.

"This would help all refugees, including those from Sri Lanka", he added.

People belonging to ST communities were not able to enjoy educational and economic benefits provided by the government as there were several 'obstructions' in obtaining community certificates, he said urging the government to solve the problem.

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