Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has disbanded the textbook review committee amid allegations that the BJP government was trying to saffronise education in the state.
In a statement, CM Bommai said the textbook review committee had been dissolved as its designated work was completed. He said the government was open to further revision if there is any objectionable content.
The Karnataka government had been engulfed in a raging controversy after the textbook review committee included a lesson on RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar’s speech in school books while allegedly omitting chapters on freedom fighters, social reformers and literary figures.
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There were also allegations of erroneous content on Basavana and certain factual errors in school textbooks. Previously, the government had staunchly denied the omissions and mistakes.
Many authors and Lingayat seers and mutts had raised objections to the review committee’s actions. While some panned the factual errors, others alleged that it was “saffronising” school textbooks with the government’s tacit approval.
The committee headed by Rohith Chakrathirtha was constituted to examine social science and language textbooks and revise them. In the wake of the saffronisation row, there were calls to sack Chakrathirtha.
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