Student organizations are outraged by the decision of the Karnataka government to remove a lesson about Bhagat Singh from the 10th grade textbook. The prominent reason for their anger is that instead of the lesson of Bhagat Singh, a speech by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar was included in the Class 10 Kannada updated book.
All-India Democratic Students Organization (AIDSO) and All-India Save Education Committee (AISEC) are two student organizations that have shown resistance to the state government’s decision. “The founders of our Renaissance movement and many great freedom fighters had hoped for democratic, scientific and secular education. But all the political parties that have ruled so far have worked out their own agendas in textbooks,” the student associations quoted The Hindu as saying.
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Aido added to its statement that a lesson about Bhagat Singh, the great revolutionary who gave his life at age 23, is excluded from the Kannada textbook, but a speech by the RSS founder, who, according to the student union, is not uniting people, but encouraging common hatred, has been added.
Apart from the lesson of Bhagat Singh, their statement claimed that the lesson condemning racial hatred, ‘Mruga Mattu Sundari’ by P. Lankesh, as well as several good teachings such as ‘Yuddha’ by Sara Abubakar and ‘Vyaghra Geethe’ by AN Murthi Rao are excluded. .
“Already, people across the state had been asking questions about the committee set up by the BJP government and its chairman to review the textbook. It is now proven that the government set up this committee to take the BJP agenda into education. AIDSO calls on people and students to resist the government’s propaganda of narrow-minded ideologies,” the student union said. They have demanded that the deleted texts be recovered quickly.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government is considering teaching Hindu Bhagwad Gita in schools. Adding that former President APJ Abdul Kalam had spoken about the positive impact of the religious textbook, Nagesh said there was nothing wrong with people of different religions listening to the Bhagavad Gita while living it.
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