NCERT books distortions to be probed

Govt says inquiry will be held into the indecent descriptions of some of freedom fighters in school textbooks.

india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 23:21 IST

The Centre will conduct an inquiry into the distortions and objectionable language used in the description of freedom fighters and nationalist leaders in NCERT school textbooks, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in Serampore (West Bengal) on Saturday.

"There will be an inquiry into the indecent descriptions of some of our freedom fighters in the NCERT school textbooks, which is condemnable," Mukherjee told reporters on the sidelines of a function to inaugurate a park at Mahesh, near Serampore.

Mukherjee, however, said that he was of the view that the NCERT mistake might have crept into the textbooks as the British used to label Indian revolutionaries 'terrorists' in their official records.

Earlier, the West Bengal Congress demanded that school textbooks published by NCERT be banned immediately because of the distortions, and sought intervention of Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh.

"You should immediately intervene to cancel textbooks of NCERT and take action against the writers who have defamed national heroes," Congress Legislature party leader in the state assembly Manas Bhuniya said in a letter to the HRD Minister.

He said it was matter of regret that freedom fighters like Khudiram Bose, Arabinda Ghose, Bipin Chandra Pal, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were dubbed 'terrorists' in the books.

First Published: Aug 19, 2006 23:21 IST