Siddaramaiah urges Karnataka CM to stop printing textbooks with RSS founder Hedgewar’s talk

After the controversy is over RSS founder Keshav Paleram Hedgegwar’s speech included In textbooks, Congress leader Siddharamaya on Wednesday urged Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bhumi to immediately stop printing textbooks and take a decision in this regard after discussions with intellectuals and education experts.

According to official sources, Hedgewar’s letter is included as a chapter in the revised Kannada textbook for students of Class X.

If the media reports are correct regarding the revised curriculum, the matter is very serious. In order to avoid speculation and conflicts on this issue, CMofKarnatakaBSBommai should provide clarifications,” Sidaramaya tweeted.

He said that when there are many famous authors, writers, thinkers and education experts in Karnataka, the BJP government in the state has chosen to insult the people there by delegating the work to an inexperienced young man of RSS.

The government should withdraw the draft submitted by the existing Textbook Review Committee and dissolve the committee. Appointment of a new committee comprising prominent Kannada educators, intellectuals and writers.”

Karnataka Textbook Association said a committee chaired by Rohith Chakrathertha has been set up to examine and review social science and language books, and have reviewed social science textbooks from grades 6 to 10 and Kannada language books from grades 1 to 10.

Alleging that the BJP had already destroyed the sanctity of religion for political reasons, Siddaramayah said, “Now, they are trying to politicize the learning space to corrupt the minds of innocent children for political gain. This is unfortunate and people should oppose that.” “Let the BJP use Hedgewar, Golwalkar and Godse in their political rallies and seek votes by showing their pictures. People will evaluate what is right and what is wrong, and decide. But do not politicize education for selfish reasons.”

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education PC Nagesh on Monday defended the inclusion of Hedgegwar’s speech in the Kannada book.
He said the textbook does not contain anything about Hedgewar or RSS, but only his talk about what should inspire people, especially young people, and added that those who raised objections had not seen the textbook.

Amid allegations in some quarters that a lesson on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh has been deleted, the Textbook Association clarified on Tuesday that the chapter has not been removed, and that the Class 10 Kannada book is currently in print.

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