RSS ideologue Batra wants Tagore, Urdu words off NCERT textbooks

New Delhi: The RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, headed by Dina Nath Batra, has sent a list of recommendations to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) demanding a host of changes in its “baseless and biased” textbooks, the Indian Express reported on Monday.

The Express said the Nyas asked the NCERT to remove English, Urdu, and Arabic words, a poem by the revolutionary poet Pash and a couplet by Mirza Ghalib, the thoughts of Rabindranath Tagore, extracts from painter MF Husain’s autobiography.

In the five-page list, it also asked references to the Mughal emperors as benevolent, the BJP as a “Hindu” party, the National Conference as “secular”, an apology tendered by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the 1984 riots, and a sentence that “nearly 2,000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat in 2002” to be removed, the newspaper reported.

The Nyas has also attached pages from several NCERT textbooks, with the portions that it wants removed marked and underlined, it said.

It has objected to the facts that the Class 11 political science textbook mentions the “massive majority of Congress in 1984” but “does not present the 1977 election details”, the Class 12 political science textbook “terms National Conference of J&K a secular organisation”, and the Class 10 English textbook “places nationalism against other ideals” as “an attempt has been made to show a rift between nationality and humanity by citing thoughts of Rabindranath Tagore”.

The Nyas wants that the Hindi textbooks must mention that the medieval Sufi mystic Amir Khusrau “increased the rift between Hindus and Muslims”.

“Several things (in these books) are baseless, biased. There is an attempt to insult members of a community. There is also an appeasement … How can you inspire children by teaching them about riots? The history of valour, of great personalities like Shivaji, Maharana Pratap, Vivekananda and Subhas Chandra Bose find no place,” Atul Kothari, secretary of the Nyas and a veteran RSS worker, was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Skiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, headed by Dina Nath Batra (pic) wants references to Mughal emperors as benevolent, the BJP as ‘Hindu’ party, the National Conference as ‘secular’ and a sentence that “nearly 2,000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat in 2002” to be removed

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