Former head of RSS education wing Vidya Bharati, Dina Nath Batra wants the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to remove Tagore, Urdu words and a sentence on Gujarat riots, among other things from school textbooks.
In a five-page letter to NCERT, the RSS ideologue made the recommendation to NCERT which had sought suggestions from the public on reviewing school textbooks, reported Indian Express.
Remove English, Urdu and Arabic words, the thoughts of Rabindranath Tagore, an apology tendered by former prime minister, Manmohan Singh over the 1984 riots, and a sentence that “nearly 2,000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat in 2002,” the recommendations state.
Atul Kothari, secretary of the Nyas and a veteran RSS Pracharak, told the Indian Express, “Several things (in these books) are baseless, biased. There is an attempt to insult members of a community. There is also an appeasement… how can you inspire children by teaching them about riots?”