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Politicisation of academics is unacceptable: Congress

The opposition Congress in Rajasthan on Thursday condemned the distorting the country’s history by diluting the contributions of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru during India’s struggle for freedom

jaipur Updated: Jun 08, 2017 21:05 IST
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Congress Rajasthan unit president Sachin Pilot.
Congress Rajasthan unit president Sachin Pilot. (HT Photo)

The opposition Congress in Rajasthan on Thursday condemned the distorting the country’s history by diluting the contributions of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawahar Lal Nehru during India’s struggle for freedom.

Commenting on the revised textbooks of the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, state Congress chief Sachin Pilot said, “This is being done with a political agenda. Distorting history in school textbooks and academics has become their (the BJP’s) habit.”

The BJP is trying to erase the contributions of Gandhi and Nehru in the freedom struggle, he said.

“Politicising young children is absolutely unacceptable…,” he said.

“We condemn this and will ensure that they do not succeed in distorting history.”

Hitting out at the BJP, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said whenever the BJP comes to power be it in the state or at the Centre, the party’s agenda is to distort history and even today they have done the same.

“History will never forgive them. Truth will prevail,” he said.

Jaipur district Congress chief Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said history cannot be changed by distorting facts.

“Whatever has happened in history cannot be changed through political vendetta. India’s independence struggle cannot be imagined without Gandhi and Nehru,” he said.

“This is an insult to the freedom struggle.”

In just three years of governance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP leaders have distorted history by rewriting textbooks and deleting the contributions of leaders who worked the freedom struggle, and replacing them with leaders who have nothing to with it, he said.

“Congress will not accept it and will give a strong reply.”

The state education minister has lost his mental balance and this will be undoing of the BJP, he said.