'We have added nationalism', says education minister on textbook revision row

Mysuru, May 25 (IANS): Karnataka Education Minister B.C. Nagesh while commenting on the textbook row said on Wednesday that everything relating to the syllabus was being changed.

"Since early years, syllabus designed by Britishers was taught in schools. After assuming power, yes, we have included nationalism in the syllabus," he said.

"Everything was done as per the instructions of America earlier in the country. After Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee became the Prime Minister everything changed. Change is the rule of the world," he said.

Commenting on Dalit writer and activist Devanur Mahadeva's letter to the government to drop his lesson from the textbook, Minister Nagesh said the printing of books has been completed. At this stage it is not possible to drop his lesson.

"If he had conveyed his decision earlier, it could have been discussed. The textbook is about to reach the children, we can't take any decision now," he reiterated.

"We will convince Devanur Mahadeva about the issue. He might have ideological differences, we don't have them," he said.

"Unlike the Congress, the BJP has not pursued vote bank politics. BJP has done pro-people politics. We have done what is best for the country. After all the controversies, now people are talking about 'Chaturvarna'," he said.

He maintained that he has not got any letter from Devanur Mahadeva yet. "Our's is not the 'only culture'. We pursue 'all of us' culture. All good things are included in the syllabus," he explained.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike President Narayan Gowda has said that the ruling BJP government in the state should distribute old textbooks and keep the revised textbooks in abeyance.

He also demanded termination of the Textbook Revision Committee and slammed the government for nominating Rohith Chakrathirtha as the Chairperson of the committee. He also demanded that the Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai should immediately intervene and resolve the issue.









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  • C.S.N. Mascarenhas, Mangalore

    Thu, May 26 2022

    What a farce. He is teaching nationalism to children. Wonderful man. Chopping heads of people also nationalism. Shameless people. Voters please wake up. See what type of people you have elected. Jai Karnataka,

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, May 26 2022

    What rubbish he is talking.?As though changing Idli sambar in hotels like he is talking about Textbooks syllabus in school.These people really have no idea.Several times syllabus is changing .Adding Nationalism.! where is and how please explain it.These children are small and when they want to learn about History of our and other nations to study.For Nationalism bit early.Why change hundred times syllabus ?And after reopening of school ?Too late for children to study.Have to fix half year before ,so that when next year school beginns ready to take the book to hand.Yes they too are bit illiterate.

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  • Agnes, Mangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    Who made him education minister ? He is worse than tea boy.

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    You also added illiterate in the list of Indian Prime Ministers!!.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Wed, May 25 2022

    Where were these guys during India's fight for Independence ...

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    These guys following the communal steps of Nagpur academy

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    after 1947 v didn't had nationalism. 1nly those who r born after 2014 have nationalism?! chi.....chi....

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, May 25 2022

    Glorifying Godse and Savarkar. Adding speech of Hedgewar in the text is not nationalism. All the three do not have any contibution in Independence. In fact RSS do not have any contribution in independence movement.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    CHURCHILL was a racist bigot -- but have to agree -- with his quote --- Nationalism is the last refuge of scoundrels. — Winston Churchill

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  • Amit, moodbidri

    Wed, May 25 2022

    the current Cheif Minister is of no use, He doesn't talk much doesn't work much.... He don't have that personality like BSY or Siddarammayya!

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Quebec City

    Wed, May 25 2022

    A many times, PM has told the people that technologically and scientifically, India was much advanced than rest of the world. Citing that, he told about pushpak viman and joining the elephant head to Ganesha. To make justice to our old advances, hope they include the technology and surgical skill of these ancient advances in Science subject.

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  • Sameer, Riyadh

    Wed, May 25 2022

    As per BJ party, 'Nationalism' is a mere chapter in the books and reading/studying it 'instills' nationalism in any persons body and mind as if 'Nationalism' is a 'aatma'. ;) ;) ;) Akal ke andhe...

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