Recently the BJP government in Karnataka had to face a lot of criticism from the opposition party and the people when they decided to exclude the lessons on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and social reformer Narayana Guru by replacing it with he speeches of RSS founder KH Hedgewar and other revolutionaries whose ideologies are aligned with the right wing. But on 23rd May, Monday, the primary and secondary education department of Karnataka came out with Kannada and Social Science’s final copy of textbooks which included the lessons on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and social reformer Narayana Guru.
Addressing the speculations and criticism minister BC Nagesh said, “The pdfs of the textbooks that went viral are unverified and the hard copy is the final one. Congress and other opposition parties jumped the gun without reading the reviewed content properly. The changes were made to only certain portions of Kannada and History textbooks where the previous committee headed by Barguru Ramchandrappa had got certain facts wrong. Moreover, the lesson on Narayana Guru is now transferred from history to the Kannada textbook because students were overburdened with a lot of history lessons.”
While talking about the additions and omissions made by the textbook committee minister Nagesh also talked about how the congress government were doing vote bank politics by shortening the contributions of the Mysore Maharajas to a few lines from five pages and increasing the lesson about Tipu Sultan from one page to six pages. He also said that,”It is clear that Tipu Sultan's lessons were a vote bank for Congress. However, the new committee has introduced the contribution of Mysore maharajas (Wadiyar dynasty) in their fight against the British”
The inclusion of lessons on Bhagat Singh, Narayana Guru and Periyar was considered to be a victory of the people’s movement since the widespread protests led to the reintroduction of these lessons.
Source : The Indian Express