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Rohit Chakratirth, chairman of the text book review committee, said that these changes will help the students to think in a new way. He said that the changes reflect the new thinking that should be adopted.
Karnataka (KarnatakaControversy over amendments in Kannada and social science textbooks has been heating up for the past one week. Rohit Chakratirtha (for review of primary and secondary school text books)Rohith ChakrathirthaA committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of With the new academic year starting next month, the committee had last week reported the removal of chapters on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, social reformer Narayan Guru and author Sara Abubakar. However, the Karnataka Textbook Society clarified on 17 May that the chapter on Bhagat Singh had not been removed. The opposition is continuously protesting in this matter. These chapters were initially replaced with speeches by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder KH Hegdewar.
In 2014, author GS Mudambaditya led a campaign to rewrite textbooks based on the 2005 National Curriculum Framework. But Siddaramaiah’s Congress-led government appointed author Bargaru Ramachandrappa as the chairman of its textbook committee. The committee made extensive changes, especially in science and Kannada. This was opposed by the BJP and other right-wing organizations. They were particularly against the inclusion of a chapter on the birth of certain religious communities and the study of caste history.
Regarding the matter, Chakratirtha said that these changes will help the students to think in a new way. He said, “The changes made under the review committee reflect the new thinking that should be adopted. These philosophers and their works will introduce students to new languages, especially Sanskrit. Also, in the social science textbook, we have given more details about some unsung revolutionaries like Surpura Venkatappa Nayak of Karnataka, Rani Gaidinliu of Manipur.’
Former state education minister and BJP MLC AH Vishwanath said textbooks and political ideology should be separated. “When someone who is not an expert in the field of education is appointed as the head of the textbook review committee, then textbooks are bound to be politicised. Textbooks come under the national curriculum and should be free from political agenda.
Siddaramaiah urged Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to stop printing of textbooks and discuss the changes with experts before proceeding. “Let the BJP use Hedgewar, Golwalkar and Nathuram Godse in their political rallies and seek votes. Let people evaluate them and make decisions. Politicizing education for selfish reasons will not help.
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