NSUI complains against offensive references to former PMs

Sakal Times
Monday, 17 July 2017

In the new History and Political Science textbook for Std IX, while referring to Indira Gandhi, the textbook only mentions that an Emergency was declared during her regime. Also, while mentioning Rajiv Gandhi, the textbook refers to the criticism faced by him in the Bofors scandal. However, there is no focus on the positive things the two prime ministers did

Pune: National Student's Union of India (NSUI) recently submitted a memorandum to State Education Minister Vinod Tawde to protest against alleged offensive references to former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi in the new Std IX textbooks.

Amir Sheikh, Maharashtra State President of NSUI said, “In the new History and Political Science textbook for Std IX, while referring to Indira Gandhi, the textbook only mentions that an Emergency was declared during her regime. Also, while mentioning Rajiv Gandhi, the textbook refers to the criticism faced by him in the Bofors scandal. However, there is no focus on the positive things the two prime ministers did.”

He added, “Indira Gandhi made many historical and courageous decisions as Prime Minister, including nationalisation of banks, nuclear testing at Pokharan, creation of Bangladesh, etc. Rajiv Gandhi brought about a technological revolution in India. But these things have not been mentioned, and instead, by focusing on the negative things related to the leaders, the children are being misled.”

He said positive decisions by other Congress leaders like Narasimha Rao and Dr Manmohan Singh have not found the place they deserve in the textbooks.
NSUI stated that if the offensive pages are not removed, there will be a state-wide protest.

 

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