The National Council of Education Research and Training has said that the mention of the country’s first education minister and freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in the NCERT textbook of class 11 was removed in the year 2013 and linked to the textbooks rationalization initiative launched last year. should not be seen. Controversy arose after some quotes and topics were removed from NCERT textbooks without notification. Opposition parties accused the ruling BJP of tampering with history. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had said that erasing the mention of people for wrong reasons is completely unfair to the country’s diverse democracy and its glorious history.
The NCERT said in its statement, “It was found from the previous edition of the textbook that Maulana Azad’s name was not there in that paragraph from the year 2014-15 onwards. As per the records of the Publications Division, the textbook for the session 2014-15 was finalized in October 2013 for the purpose of printing. This should not be linked to the present initiative of rationalization of textbooks.
The council said that it is a routine work to reprint NCERT textbooks including updating, improving information.
The above line from the first lesson of NCERT’s Class 11 Political Science textbook will read, “Generally, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Patel or BR Ambedkar presided over these committees.”
National Council of Education Research and Training’s textbook for the new academic session ‘Impact of Mahatma Gandhi’s death on the communal situation in the country, Gandhi’s concept of Hindu-Muslim unity provoked Hindu fundamentalists,’ and on organizations like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) There are not many texts including restrictions for some time.
The NCERT, however, has claimed that there has been no curtailment in the syllabus this year and the syllabus was rationalized in June last year.
Last year, on the grounds of rationalization of the syllabus and some parts being irrelevant, NCERT had removed some parts of Gujarat riots, Mughal court, Emergency, cold war, Naxal movement etc. from the textbook.
NCERT chief Dinesh Saklani had said that it could be an inadvertent lapse that the deletion of some passages in the textbooks rationalization exercise was not announced last year.
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