Rajsthan’s BJP government has allegedly taken a giant step in the direction of erasing Jawaharlal Nehru from pages of history to be taught in its schools in the state.
According to a report in Indian Express, the new Social Science textbook for Class VIII in schools of Rajasthan does not mention who India’s first Prime Minister was.
While the textbook features Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, Veer Savarkar, Bhagat Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Hemu Kalani, it doesn’t mention Nehru and other Congress freedom fighters.
There is also no mention of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination by Nathuram Godse.
Meant for use in schools of the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, the textbook revision has been carried out as part of “curriculum re-structuring” by the State Institute of Education Research and Training (SIERT), Udaipur.
The omission of Nehru is significant given that the previous edition of the textbook had Nehru prominently mentioned under the chapter on National Movement same as the chapter on India After Independence, in the earlier edition, began with the contribution of Nehru and Sardar Patel to government formation.
School Education Minister Vasudev Devnani told The Sunday Express: “The government and I have nothing to do with it. I am yet to see the new textbooks. The syllabus is created by an autonomous body and the government does not interfere in it at all.”
Rajasthan’s minister of state for education, Vasudev Devnani, has said that that major changes were being made in the school curriculum which would include biographies of freedom fighters to ensure “no one like Kanhaiya Kumar is born” in the state.
“To inculcate the feeling of patriotism in students, major changes are being made in the curriculum,” PTI had quoted the minister of state for education (primary and secondary) said in the assembly on Thursday.