Congress has accused the Rajasthan BJP government of trying to wipe out “the creator of modern India” from history after reports surfaced regarding country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, name being removed from a school textbook.
According to reports in two new chapters called National Movement, in the Class 8 social science textbook of schools affiliated to the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education excluded portions on Congress stalwarts such as Nehru, Sarojini Naidu and Madan Mohan Malviya.
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said, “Governments trying to remove names of creators of modern India from history textbooks will themselves get removed. The man who played an important role in building world’s biggest democracy and who served jail for 10 years fighting for India’s independence is now being removed from history.”
A report published in a prominent newspaper mentioned that the chapters on national movement included names of Nehru and other leaders prominently in the previous edition of textbook,
The latest edition features Mahatma Gandhi, Subhas Chandra Bose, Veer Savarkar, Bhagat Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and revolutionary Hemu Kalani.
“History resembles a mirror, the ones who fail to see their faces in the mirror are the ones who try to distort history,” said Gehlot.
He added the right-wing Hindu organisation had isolated itself from the freedom struggle and yet it claims to be staunch nationalists.
Congress MLA and leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi criticised chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s government of pursuing a divisive and detrimental agenda.
“The BJP government in Rajasthan is touching a new low by omitting names of freedom fighter and first Prime Minister of India,” he said.