Dina Nath Batra of RSS has made sensational recommendations to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) asking it to review some portions of school textbooks.
Among his recommendations are removal of English, Urdu and Arabic words, references to Mughal emperors as generous, the thoughts of Rabindranath Tagore, extracts from painter M F Husain’s autobiography, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s apology over the 1984 riots, and the sentence that around 2000 Muslims were allegedly killed in the Gujarat riots, reported Indian Express.
Batra heads the RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas in Gujarat and has been notorious for his obnoxious comments in the past.
Atul Kothari, secretary of the Nyas and a veteran RSS Pracharak, told the paper, “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.”
A self-proclaimed historian, Batra has written books on history, which are now being taught in Gujarat schools. Gujarat has been ruled by the BJP, whose ideological mentor is the RSS. His books are often with factual inaccuracies.
In the past, he’s been quoted as denying that Wright brothers invented the aeroplane. According to him, Pushpak Vimana, a magical flying chariot used in the mythological book, Ramayana, apparently is the first aeroplane of the world.
Batra also drew flak for his description of blacks as “negroes” who are “violent” and “half-baked criminals.”
Batra’s recommendations to remove references to Tagore will be suicidal for the BJP, which is trying to gain foothold in Bengal. Tagore, who won Nobel for literature, had penned down India’s national anthem is a hugely revered figure for Bengalis.