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Last Updated : Feb 14, 2018 09:43 PM IST | Source: PTI

Maharashtra Govt to review books under flak over 'prurient' content

"Going by the sentiments expressed by opposition leaders, a committee will be set up to look into the contents of the books," Education Minister Vinod Tawde told reporters here.

Under flak from opposition leaders over "prurient text" in two books meant for supplementary reading of school students, the Maharashtra government today announced setting up of a committee to review their contents.

"Going by the sentiments expressed by opposition leaders, a committee will be set up to look into the contents of the books," Education Minister Vinod Tawde told reporters here.

"When these books were sent to an expert committee for selection, they did not have the content claimed by opposition leaders," he said.

The first book, "Baal Nachiket", published by Pune-based Bharatiya Vichar Saadhana, was singled out by Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, leader of opposition.

He termed its contents objectionable and inappropriate for children. The book has words like "loss of virginity", "physical pleasure", "sexual desire", which are unsuitable for children, he added.

Another book, "Bhagwan Ved Vyaas", also published by the Bharatiya Vichar Saadhana, has a character called Matsyagandha, talking about her being a fisherman's daughter and having a repulsive body odour.

While talking to Rishi Parashar, she says, "Hey Rishi, who will accept me after I have lost my virginity?" In the same story, there are lines like "Looking at the movements of her body Rishi Parashar was possessed by sexual desires" and "He lustfully caught her hand".

"The publishing house has links with the RSS and the government has purchased these books at inflated cost," Vikhe Patil said.
First Published on Feb 14, 2018 09:25 pm
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