Congress calls for cancellation of textbook review committee

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DK Shivakumar, chairman of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), has written to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai asking him to “stop the unconstitutional attack on education” in the state and immediately rescind the textbook review committee and restore old textbooks.

In his letter, he lists some of the objectionable changes made to the new textbooks, including the editing of lessons on Basavanna, Dr BR Ambedkar, the deletion of lessons by several progressive writers, projecting regionalism as anti-national and including lessons written by many of them. promote communalism. Curiously, the letter does not mention the inclusion of a lesson from RSS founder KB Hedgewar, which was the first flashpoint of the controversy.

“Several senior writers have removed their texts from the textbooks and several other writers have resigned from government committees in protest against the revision of the textbooks. I ask you to take this as a priority, cancel the textbook review committee and return to the old textbooks,” he said.

On Tuesday, senior congressman KR Ramesh Kumar issued a press release in which he spoke out on the nature of the textbook review carried out by the committee headed by Rohith Chakrathirtha. The educational qualifications of the committee chairman himself are shrouded in mystery, he said. “It’s an attempt to poison young minds. Those behind this effort seem to have chosen young children to twist and rewrite history,” he said.

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