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HP to remove chapter on painter MF Hussain

In a move that may ruffle feathers, the BJP Govt in Himachal Pradesh has decided to remove a chapter on noted painter MF Hussain from an NCERT book, claiming his work has "nothing to inspire students".

india Updated: Mar 01, 2009 15:23 IST
PTI
Hindustantimes

In a move that may ruffle feathers, the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh has decided to remove a chapter on noted painter MF Hussain from an NCERT book, claiming his work has "nothing to inspire students".

"Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education has decided to remove chapter on MF Hussain from standard XI Hindi book prescribed by the NCERT," Board chairman CL Gupta told PTI.

Gupta said instead of chapter on Hussain "which has nothing to inspire the students," the Board is considering including a chapter on painter Sobha Singh and 'Missile Man' and former President APJ Abdul Kalam from next academic session.

He said the decision in this regard has been taken on the recommendation of a committee constituted by the Board.

Gupta, who has been accused by the opposition Congress of having 'saffron leanings', said he himself perused the works of Hussain, including his controversial paintings of Hindu deities.