‘Victory for people’s movement’: AIDSO on restoration of lesson on Bhagat Singh in school textbook

Karnataka education minister B C Nagesh had denied removal of lesson on Bhagat Singh from Class 10 Kannada textbook.

‘Victory for people’s movement’: AIDSO on restoration of lesson on Bhagat Singh in school textbook Lesson on Bhagat Singh reintroduced in Kannada textbook
Vagisha Kaushik | May 23, 2022 - 7:32 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: All India Democratic Students Organization (AIDSO) Karnataka rejoiced over the re-introduction of a lesson on Bhagat Singh in Karnataka’s Class 10 Kannada textbook. “As a result of widespread protests from educationists, intellectuals, common people and students in particular, the lesson on Bhagat Singh has been reintroduced in the class 10 textbook! This is a victory for the peoples' movement!” said the student organization in a statement.

This fight must inspire our united struggle until the lessons that carry humanitarian values preached by Vivekananda, the progressive articles by P Lankesh, Sara Abbubakar and A N Murthy Rao, lesson on Narayanaguru and other progressive thinkers and lessons on social justice and gender equality, are re-introduced!, AIDSO added.

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According to the student organisation, “earlier in the pretext of textbook revision, the lesson on Bhagat singh and the lessons with ethical, moral content were removed from Class 10 text book. Moreover, in the text books, the speech of Hedgewar, founder of RSS, which spreads old, obsolete and obscurantist ideas, was introduced.” Students and common people protested against this move.

“In a democratic education system, textbooks should not be controlled by party ideologies. And the textbooks must have only the established truths, scientific - secular - democratic concepts. Our fight must continue until we achieve such an environment in our education system,” the student body further said.

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AIDSO Karnataka had condemned the omission of lesson on Bhagat Singh from the textbook of Class 10 and demanded to immediately add the removed texts. Delhi and Punjab Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann had said it's an insult to the sacrifice made by the iconic freedom fighter, and demanded a roll back of the decision.

While Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh had first defended the inclusion of speech by founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Keshav Baliram Hedgewar; he later denied removal of lesson on Bhagat Singh from Class 10 Kannada textbook.


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