After Nehru, Rajasthan now axes RTI Act from textbook

Organisation that played a big role in state to make RTI a national Act to write to Chief Minister on the issue

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: May 18, 2016 7:08 am

After doing away with references to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and several other other freedom fighters from school History curriculum, the Rajasthan government’s revised syllabus has also removed a page highlighting the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

A prominent section on page 105, which was part of chapter 12 of the previous Social Science textbook for Class VIII in state schools, has now been removed in the “restructured” book. The section highlighted the RTI Act, and the people’s movement that led to it.

The Indian Express had first reported about the state’s textbook restructuring process erasing references to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

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The RTI Act was the result of a nationwide movement led, among others, by Aruna Roy and Nikhil De of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI). Significantly, people of Rajasthan had played a large role in the RTI movement.

Roy and De, along with other members of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS), the organisation they lead, have written to the Rajasthan chief secretary and will soon write to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje demanding an “immediate” halt to such changes.

“Removing a chapter on an Act — a movement which is a matter of pride for the entire nation — appears to have been done with malafide intentions,” according to a statement issued by MKSS said. “While the RTI movement and Act are being included in curricula across the world, it has been removed from the textbooks of Rajasthan…. The poor and deprived people of Rajasthan played a major part in the RTI struggle.”

According to the organisation, besides the RTI Act, “important historical events of the state and nation” have also been removed, “which is very serious”.

The changes, the MKSS statement claimed, were brought about due to “political reasons” and without consulting any group or organisation in the state. “The government wants to remove certain parts of history altogether so that future generations can have no knowledge of them,” it said.

Taking the attack to the BJP government on the issue, state Congress vice-president Archana Sharma said, “While it is condemnable, it is hardly surprising coming from this government. The RTI Act was brought by the UPA government (in 2005) to empower people and bring about transparency. The BJP, in Rajasthan as well as at Centre, does not believe in ensuring transparency and wants to block people’s right to get information.”

Playing down the changes, BJP spokesperson Anand Sharma said, “Commenting on each and every book is not appropriate. The entire syllabus has not come out yet. If the chapter has been removed, it will be added next year. But anything conclusive can be said only after all the new textbooks are out.”

MKSS has, meanwhile, filed an RTI application at the Education Department, seeking details of the procedure adopted and the expenditure incurred for the exercise to restructure school syllabus.

 

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    Chander Pal
    May 18, 2016 at 9:45 am
    I strongly believe that Nehru should be brought back for history sake. Bring back Nehru who created Kashmir problem, who side lined Sardar Patel, who accepted Dalai Lama and made China are forever foe, who brought in controlled economy and it's off shoots of inspected raj- licence raj governance, and much more
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      Maniktripathy
      May 18, 2016 at 7:07 am
      Good showing and corruption continues is ensured...Good governance is showing....
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        MyTake
        May 18, 2016 at 7:32 am
        All names ociated with any of the his other than M. hi should be changed. After that and after few years if if people feel the need they can start using their name again. At the moment it has been corrupted to the core and creating controversy every time any one comes across with this!
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        MyTake
        May 18, 2016 at 3:11 am
        This does not make the law obsolete. So, what is the problem? You can't put every law in school book!
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          Narasimha Reddy
          May 18, 2016 at 7:44 am
          For brahmins who coined the Barat Mata into the world:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When Nehru was having ECSTATIC SACRED RELATIONSHIP WITH EDWINA, EDWINA WAS BARAT MATA, for brahmins.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When the illegal step daughter of Nehru's concubine became the Prime Minister, INDIRA HI was the Barat Mata, for brahmins.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;When her illegal SIN Rajiv hi's pros wife became the pseudo PM, the Sonia was the Barat Mata, for brahmins.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;After enjoying various Barat Matas, now brahmins lost the taste of Pandit lineage Barat Matas and Italian Barat Matas and are seeking pleasure among Brahmins Barat Matas.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Brahmins have a very bad habit: they expect others Indians to be like themselves. Which means they want other Indians to skrew their wifes. So they also ask others to loudly say Barat Mata Ki Jai.
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            Harikrishnan
            May 18, 2016 at 6:16 am
            the media is good at creating unnecessary controversies. Even if this omission was done deliberately by Narendra Modi, it is hardly worth for a discussion or even a casual mention in the news paper.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Look at the importance given to the so called Beef killing. Already the media have started forgetting about Rocky Yadav.
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            Arindam Chakrabarty
            May 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm
            Congressi and leftist and so called liberal should better accept that it is the prerogative of the ruling party to decide the state education policy and the Rajasthan govt is execiseing their right and they should not expect BJP govt to highlight and support the activities of leftist like Aruna Roy.lt;br/gt;IE never brought limelight on the education policy and history textbooks of West Bengal which was totally as per ideology of Communist party of India Marxist when it was the ruling party in the state fo 35 years.lt;br/gt;Of course IE as usual practices double standards and can't expect anything better.
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              Jai
              May 18, 2016 at 4:49 am
              I am not well informed at all. So how can i ask valid questions.The law only gave rise to black mailing.
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