Funds from Gulf, European nations used to carry out conversion: Rajasthan textbook

The revised textbooks for classes 10, 11 and 12 also bring students up to speed on current “hot topics” such as the Uniform Civil Code, Hindi as the country’s contact language and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policies, especially with reference to Pakistan.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2017 12:34 IST
Salik Ahmad
Salik Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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The Rajasthan board revised the textbooks for Class 10, 11 and 12. (HT Photo)

The oil rich Gulf countries and European countries fund Muslim and Christian groups respectively in India, but the money, instead of being utilised for educational and economic development, is used to spread communalism and carry out religious conversions, the new Class 12 political science textbook of Rajasthan board says.

The content is from a chapter — ‘Challenges before Indian Democracy’ — and is mentioned under ‘Reasons for Communal Problem in the country’.

The book further states that the conversion of Harijans to Christianity was one such example where funds that came from Europe were misutilised. “Such situations create communal tension,” says the book.

The same chapter also says that Pakistani media in its portrayal exaggerates the tension between Hindus and Muslims in India and under the influence of which, not just illiterate Muslims but literate Muslims also consider the neighbouring country as their well-wisher.

It further says that Pakistan propagandizes the atrocities on Muslims in Kashmir by the Indian forces.

First Published: Jun 09, 2017 12:32 IST