Why should children study distorted history, asks minister Priyank Kharge

Bengaluru, May 25 (IANS): Karnataka Minister Priyank Kharge has said the textbook revision exercise done by the previous government in the state was flawed, and raised a question as to 'why children should study distorted history'.

Kharge said this on Thursday in New Delhi.

"Why should we make our children study distorted history in textbooks? Whichever laws raised a concern on the education of our children would be changed. We are clear on this issue," Kharge stated.

Last year a committee headed by Rohith Chakrathirtha deleted the glorifying parts of Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan and added a speech of Hedgewar for Class 10 students in Karnataka. Then Education Minister B.C. Nagesh had defended the move, and got the lesson added despite a stiff resistance during the tenure of the BJP government headed by Basavaraj Bommai.

Meanwhile, it has been demanded to remove a lesson written by the Hindutva ideologue, Chakravarty Sulibele. Under the title 'Tayi Bharatiya Amaraputraru (Martyrs of Mother India)' the previous BJP government had prescribed it as a lesson.

Last week, activist and senior academician Dr. V.P. Niranjanaradhya met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and submitted a proposal in this regard. He had told CM Siddaramaiah that "inclusion of saffron ideology for the children was not required".

Niranjanaradhya also said that the textbook revision committee headed by Rohith Chakrathirtha set up by the previous government has saffronised the syllabus and insulted great personalities like Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Basavanna, Kuvempu, Tipu Sultan.

He demanded that as the textbooks are already published, the lessons on Hedgewar written by Chakravarty Sulibele and other 'objectionable' content must not be taught to the students this year. The demand is also made to take up revision of textbooks by next year again.



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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, May 26 2023

    if the liar duo of gujju land continue for next 10 years...nathu godse will be called the father of nation and cow as mother of nation for sure...

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  • Nithin, Bangalore/SA

    Fri, May 26 2023

    How did tipu get mysore Kingdom was his father who was a foot soldier belonged to wodeyar family so he inherited ?, can someone come up with no of hindus and Christians died 50 or 60 thousand made to walk from south canara to mysore many died on the way , many died of cholera later, Northern kerala women were hanged with their children tied to their neck, by the way tipu had a brother which many dont know , can anyone tell me where did tipu keep his brothers wife 🤔, in his book still svailable he has himself claimed approx temples destroyed and conversions done, Tipu was just a tyrant, nothing else...!!

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  • Eva, Kirem

    Thu, May 25 2023

    Studying history is mandatory but not into detail. Unlike our school time if a student is interested in history there so many sources. Our education system should bring down stress on children. Languages is really taking a stroll. Recently i was teachibg 10 sentence essay in hindi to my third grade grand child. It took two days. Is it worth? Instead they can practice maths science and playing.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, May 26 2023

    Eva kirem ,playing and maths and Science is not enough.History of ones own land too is important .One should know who are our freedom fighter ,how it was during and past ,present etc.Otherwise we will ner come to know when someone speaks to us about our HIstory.But not in a big way.One should be proud of own country.In India each govt brings own history which is not necessary that everyone learn must.One should fix something very important facts and dont change syllebous every yearDont make children to study too much..Second important languages of local district like kannada ,a second language ,Hindi and English ,which is international is enoughChildren learn it easily.

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  • Ivan Dsouza, Udupi/USA

    Thu, May 25 2023

    History is something that ‘happened’ in the past, both good and bad. British looted India is true, what British built in India is also true. Contributions of Raja, Maharajas is true. It is also true that people were in constant fear because Rajas were in constant war with each other. So history is history, as is. There is a need for impartial history authentication body. Selective history is like fake news.

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  • Manohar, Udupi

    Thu, May 25 2023

    We should add freedom fighter modi as father of nation, who gave us independence in 2014

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Thu, May 25 2023

    BJP’s school curriculum is designed and edited at Nagpur HQ by BA fail MA pass cadre without any input and advice from scholars, educationists, historians, senior teachers and universities. It’s not been debated and discussed in the state assembly by knowledgeable people. It’s just bull dozed bye-passing legal official scrutiny by the expert committee.

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