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Bhagat Singh’s lesson removed from Class 10 textbook: AIDSO condemns state govt

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Constitution, Democracy, Freedom, Education, Mysuru, May 17:- The activists of All India Democratic Students’ Organisation (AIDSO), Mysuru district committee, staged a protest on Tuesday (May 17) against the state government following its decision to remove a lesson about freedom fighter Bhagat Singh from Class 10 textbook.  

The prominent reason for their anger is that in place of Bhagat Singh’s lesson, a speech by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar was included in the updated Kannada textbook of Class 10.

AIDSO added to its statement that a lesson on Bhagat Singh, the great revolutionary leader, who gave his life at the age of 23, has been excluded from the Kannada textbook, but a speech by the RSS founder, who, the organisation alleged does not unite people but encourages communal hatred.

Apart from Bhagat Singh’s lesson, their statement claimed that the lesson condemning racial hatred, ‘Mruga Mattu Sundari’ by P Lankesh, as well as several good teachings such as Sara Abubakar’s ‘Yuddha’ and A N Murthi Rao’s ‘Vyaghra Geethe’ have been excluded.

The founders of our renaissance movement and many great freedom fighters had hoped for democratic, scientific and secular education. But all political parties that have ruled so far have been working out their own agendas in textbooks, said the AIDSO.

AIDSO district vice-president Asiya, secretary Chandrakala, Swathi, Cheluvan, Hema, Chandrika, Hemalatha, Prashanthi and others were present. (AM/HN)

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