The Karnataka Textbook Review Committee has decided to drop what it considers to be ‘glorification’ of Tippu Sultan. The commission will delete sentences like ‘Tiger of Mysuru’ or ‘Freedom fighter’ in reference to Tippu Sultan.
The commission has decided to stick to the facts and take away opinions and glorification of the former rulers.
Not only Tippu, but lessons on Babar and Tughlaq will also have been scrutinized during the textbook revision. Space given for these two kings will be reduced.
Extensive paragraphs on Mughal Empire will also be removed from the textbooks. Only a brief chapter on Mughals will be part of the textbook
The committee decided to add chapters on the Karkota dynasty from Kashmir and the Ahom dynasty from Assam in the new syllabus
“Be it Tippu or Shivaji, wherever we have found glorification that is not the truth, we have decided to stick to neutral and clear facts. Many aspects of Tippu were not true, we drop it in textbooks from grade 6 to grade 10,” said Rohit Chakrathirtha, head of the textbook review committee.
The committee also decided to remove the introductory part of the chapter “Growth of a new religion – Buddhism and Jainism”.
In the introduction it says that brahmins used to make offerings like farm animals and milk and ghee to the fire god during homa & havan which led to food scarcity in the society at that time. The chapter also said, “Kashtraiyas are those who encouraged new religions such as Jainism and Buddhism to flourish in the country.”
Congress has lashed out at the BJP, calling it saffronization of history books. “Today’s history books don’t support their story. They have never been part of any historic struggle or struggle for independence. They try to fit their icons into our history books afterwards.”
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