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Jaipur: Vasundhara Rage-led Rajasthan government is set to removed poems by Urdu writers Ismat Chugtai and Safdar Hashmi, a leading daily reported. The revamp of textbooks was taken on by the state government on August 24 to promote ‘local cultural practices and beliefs”.
Sources told the daily that the government sought to remove ‘Ek Din ki Badshahat’ and ‘Ajmer Ki Sair’ in class V, ‘Haleem Chala Chand Par’ and ‘Soot Ka Resham’ in class IV and ‘Chand Ke Khatir’ in class III from textbooks. The story revolve around Muslim characters.
The textbook redoing committee has undertaken the task of changing the curriculum of classes 1-8 in government schools. The committee has asked for the chapters removed to be replaced with stories of Sindhi saints Tauram and Kawar Ram and a chapter on freedom fighter Hemu Kalani.
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While educationists have criticised the move, a member of the textbook redoing committee told the daily, “These chapters and poetries were loaded with Urdu words which we believe are difficult for a majority of students to comprehend. Besides, they were highlighting practices of a particular community which is against our guidelines for redoing of textbooks.”
Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Thursday accused the government in Rajasthan of trying to saffronise education.
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“I think it is an absolute blatant example of how the BJP in Rajya Sabha in Rajasthan state is trying to saffronise education. The government of Rajasthan is trying to twist history to suit its own ideology. You are taking out the names of Urdu poets, historians and any kind of written curriculum written by a non-Hindu is being excluded only on the basis that the person is a Muslim or a non-Hindu is absolutely condemnable,” Pilot told ANI.
“The attempt of the politicisation of the history, of our culture, keeping in view the education and course curriculum is absolutely regrettable,” he added.
Pilot further said the government has no right to interfere in what the children should study and added that there should be an expert committee to take a final call in this regard.
“Now, the attempt is to somehow saffronise and to somehow push and to endorse a certain ideology and to exclude some on the basis of religion is absolutely unacceptable. To my mind, the state of Rajasthan and nation will reject such attempts,” said Pilot