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History books in Bengal to have chapter on Singur movement that led to Nano plant’s ouster

The iconic Singur movement -- protests against a proposed factory to make Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car -- would be introduced in the history syllabus of schools run by the West Bengal government from this year, state education minister Partha Chatterjee said.

kolkata Updated: Feb 13, 2017 17:48 IST
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The Nano plant in Singur being pulled down in September 2016.
The Nano plant in Singur being pulled down in September 2016.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT File)

The iconic Singur movement -- protests against a proposed factory to make Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car -- would be introduced in the history syllabus of schools run by the West Bengal government from this year, state education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Monday.

The minister, who described the Singur movement as a “historic win” for the farmers, said during a question-answer session in the assembly that a chapter detailing the agitation would be included in the history syllabus of Class 8.

Later, Chatterjee told reporters, “It’s a historic win for the farmers. Along with the Singur movement, the Tebhaga movement and Krishak Andolan will also feature in the syllabus and students must know that this movement is one of the milestones in the country’s history.”

Chatterjee said that distribution of the books had already been started.

After the Supreme Court verdict allowing redistribution of Singur land among farmers, the state education department had sent the proposal to the syllabus committee for approval of the inclusion of Singur movement in the Madhyamik school syllabus.

The minister also said that by March 15 the government would complete the entire process of employing 72,000 teachers in primary, upper-primary, madhyamik and higher secondary schools.

He requested ‘opponents’ not to move court creating hurdles in the process of employment of teachers and said that his department was going through a verification process at present.

Ten years ago, land protests in Singur against a proposed factory to make Tata Nano -- the world’s cheapest car -- made headlines across the globe and catapulted then opposition leader Mamata Banerjee to limelight. By 2007, Singur -- along with Nandigram -- had become a symbol for popular mass protests against forcible land acquisition and paved the way for a farmer-friendly law in 2013.

The demonstrations carried Banerjee — who sat on a hunger strike against the Tata factory — to power in 2011, dislodging a 34-year-old Left Front government. She also vowed to give the land back to the farmers.