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Husain to be part of NCERT books

BJP and RSS had raised objections to this, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 21:28 IST

MF Husain and Avtar Singh Pash will remain part of NCERT Hindi textbooks despite objections by BJP and RSS.

An expert panel headed by Professor Yash Pal and constituted by the HRD Ministry to examine the Hindi textbooks has reportedly backed NCERT in selection of literature for its Hindi textbooks.

“Only minor changes have been recommended. It will not have any major impact on Hindi syllabus,” a ministry official said.

The report submitted to the ministry about a week ago has suggested deletion of certain words in the literature written by Om Prakash Valmiki terming the language used as unconstitutional.

On the other objectionable references, the committee said the language usage should be seen ‘holistically’ rather than in a subjective manner.

BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad had objected to a poem, Sabse Khatarnak by Punjabi writer Avatar Singh Pash, stating it was a work of a Naxalite. The committee didn’t agree.

“Pash was a social activist and his poem is thought of a beautiful young mind,” a committee member said. In the poem, Pash had said, that losing dreams is more dangerous than suffering. Prasad had, however, said that Pash had tried to glorify Naxalism and NCERT was polluting young minds.

Outside Parliament, the tirade against MF Husain’s biography by RSS was extended to Yash Pal’s home. He received number of post-cards written by students of Vidya Bharati Schools objecting to inclusion of his biography in the NCERT textbooks on the pretext that he had allegedly depicted Hindu Gods and Goddesses in a wrong light.

But, the committee went by artistic excellence of Husain, termed as Picasso of India, and exonerated him on of any bias. “Children have a right to learn about the country’s greatest painter irrespective of political action against him,” the member said.

Objections to the usage of words like Tim Tom Lagti Hai and Ullu were also rejected. “Modern day films like Munnai Bhai uses more foul language but nobody objects. Literature is an art and needs to be seen in that respect,” he urged.

The ministry officials said the report is likely to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament for further discussion by the members.


First Published: Nov 18, 2006 20:04 IST