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Last Updated : May 15, 2019 11:57 AM IST | Source:

Rajasthan govt to change Veer Savarkar’s biography in history books to portray ‘facts’

The state education minister is not happy how the BJP glorified Savarkar for his methods and ideologies.

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Veer Savarkar (Image: Flickr)
Veer Savarkar (Image: Flickr)

The Rajasthan government formed a committee to make changes in the texts of history books that are part of the state curriculum.

State Education Minister Govind Dotasra announced on Monday that the biography of freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar aka Veer Savarkar would be changed to portray facts "in the right manner". Dotasra also criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party for glorifying Savarkar for his methods and ideologies.

While the Congress government states that it is only rolling back the changes that were introduced by the previous government, the Opposition in the state claims that the state government does not want to promote the country’s history, reported Firstpost.

Backing the decision to change the text of history books, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said such revisions were common and were introduced in various states across the country when a new government came to power. He said, when Vasundhara Raje was the CM, she had also introduced changes as per her party's ideologies. So, now, the Congress will also take necessary steps based on the recommendations of the committee.

In a response to that, state BJP President Madanlal Saini said “BJP bhaagva rang nahi karegi toh kya haraa rang karegi (The BJP will promote saffron; you cannot expect it to promote green)”, alluding to promoting Hinduism and not Islam.

Saini further said that the Congress party was set up by a British national, so it had no attachment towards the country’s culture. “It removed the nationalists from within after coming into full force. The changes being brought about in the curriculum shows the basic difference between their thought process and ours,” the BJP leader said.

Historians and academicians, however, are not mighty pleased with the new government’s decision. They are of the opinion that frequent changes to the curriculum may ultimately hamper the education system and confuse the students.

Commenting on the issue, Rashmi Jain, associate professor, Department of Sociology, University of Rajasthan, said: “The previous government was hell-bent on glorifying Indian history as it felt that much of what was written was not a correct representation. It also received directions from the Centre based on the party's ideology. The new government in the state is doing the same thing... It is not the duty of the government to sermonise. It is supposed to provide a platform for students to learn.”
First Published on May 15, 2019 11:57 am
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