Karnataka to Drop Dalit Writer’s Poem From Textbooks Claiming Sun, Moon are Not Gods

BC Nagesh commands to remove the poem from textbooks (representative image)

BC Nagesh commands to remove the poem from textbooks (representative image)

The poem further says that no one has seen the “Atma” (spirit) of God and that Shastra and Puranas are a collection of lies, and the palace and the house of the guru are also traps.

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  • Last updated:June 13, 2022 at 09:09 IST
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Amid controversy over textbook revision in Karnataka, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ordered the dropping of a poem by a famous Dalit writer saying that the sun and moon are not gods. This movement will likely cause a row to break out.

Karnataka Education Minister B. C. Nagesh has ordered the exclusion of the poem “Bumi” by the late Sidalngaya from the fourth chapter book, sources said on Saturday.

The decision was made in light of complaints received against the poem for hurting religious sentiments. The poem was incorporated into the syllabus by the Textbook Review Committee chaired by Paraguro Ramachandrapa during the rule of Congress.

The Textbook Review Committee set up by the BJP government headed by Ruhith Chakrathertha did not review this textbook. There have been allegations that the “Nali-Kali” section of the textbook, which is devoted to compulsory co-curricular education, harms religious beliefs with its controversial content.

Many Hindus consider the sun and the moon sacred.

Sources in the Ministry of Education stated that the committee also kept another controversial line saying that religious conversions are deceptive traps.

The poem further says that no one has seen the “Atma” (spirit) of God, that Shastra and Puranas are a collection of lies, and the palace and the house of the guru are also traps.

The state government has announced a review of controversial aspects of the revised curriculum by the committee led by Rohith Chakrastha after a major backlash. The committee reviewed the Kannada textbooks (grades 1-10) and social science textbooks (grades 6-10).

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