“We sought deletion of some topics- State BJP chief Dipak Vijaywargiya.”
Bhopal: Enlightening students about past and history is something not okay with the saffron party who wants to emit a complete chapter which discloses facts that have happened during its reign in different states.
According to the sources, the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday has written to the union resource development Ministry (HRD) asking them to delete an entire chapter named ‘Politics of Independent India’ from Class 12th Political Science NCERT book, HT reported.
The chapter widely speaks of Indian politics, facts that have come across over various issues including communal riots that we can relate today with and also includes 2002 Godhra Riots along with mentioning the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s famous “follow the Raj Dharma” advice to the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government.
“We sent a letter to the HRD ministry and NCERT on Wednesday, asking them to delete the controversial chapter,” said the state school education minister Dipak Joshi.
National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) is affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education.
The education minister conveyed that the facts have no correlation with the saffron party and claimed saffron party had no connection with the Godhra riots.
The chapter which spoke about the Godhra incident that killed 1,100 people during the Vajpayee’s tenure as PM who asked Modi-led Gujarat government to follow the Raj Dharma.
“Many controversial things were incorporated in NCERT books during the previous UPA regime,” said the state BJP chief spokesman Dipak Vijaywargiya.
“When we noticed them, we had informed the authorities concerned, seeking their deletion. Some controversial content was scrapped. Now some more such thing has come to our notice,” he said.
Meanwhile, the opposition Congress boldly said that BJP should “accept the truth”.
“BJP should accept the truth regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi as mentioned in the chapter. Vajpayee had asked then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi to follow Raj Dharma,” said the state Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi said.
“The BJP may get the chapter dropped, but it cannot erase people’s perception of it being communal,” he said.