Good height & complexion aid entrepreneur, according to school textbook in Rajasthan

The chapter on Skill Development in a Class 12 textbook lists the “physical attributes” desirable in an entrepreneur

By: Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: April 18, 2017 10:31 am

IN A first, Rajasthan’s latest curriculum change for secondary and senior secondary classes in government schools includes textbooks on “socially relevant schemes” that propagate the flagship initiatives of BJP governments at the Centre and in the state. But the textbooks, in Hindi, also outline some curious ideas: one of them says the desirable physical attributes of an entrepreneur include “good height” and “beautiful complexion”. The textbooks, dedicated to key central and state government schemes, focus mainly on announcements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and instructs students to “internalise each word” of his Swacch Bharat pledge.

The chapter on Skill Development in a Class 12 textbook lists the “physical attributes” desirable in an entrepreneur, including “Uttam swasthya, prabhavshali vyaktitva, acchi unchai, sundar rang, shaleenta, gambhirta (perfect health, impressive personality, good height, beautiful complexion, sobriety, seriousness).”

Samajopayogi Yojanayein (Socially-relevant Schemes) is a four-part series of textbooks for classes 9 to 12, comprising four chapters each on central schemes like Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, and state government flagships like Mukhyamantri Jal Swavalamban Yojana and Bhamashah Yojana.

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In a chapter on the state government’s financial inclusion scheme, Bhamashah is described as having provided financial assistance to Maharana Pratap, which helped the Rajput ruler defeat Mughal forces.

The chapters elaborate on concepts of cleanliness and its impact on health, waste management, sustainable development, financial inclusion, water conservation, revival of traditional water structures and empowerment of women.

However, a substantial part of the textbooks, prepared by a seven-member team of government school teachers, highlights initiatives of the Prime Minister and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, including Budget announcements, and portions on the Make in India initiative and the Resurgent Rajasthan investment summit.

“This has never happened before in the history of the state. There used to be small sections or boxes on social schemes like MNREGA and RTI in textbooks but entire textbooks detailing government schemes is a first,” said Komal Srivastava of the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, a voluntary organisation engaged in promoting scientific education.

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The chapter on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the Class 12 textbook details announcements made by the Prime Minister, besides success stories from Rajasthan.

“Repeat the pledge delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to all citizens of the country on 2nd October 2014 and internalise its every word,” the chapter instructs.

The Opposition Congress slammed the government over the changes.

“This is unbelievable. In the recent past, the BJP government has altered and removed important historical facts from textbooks. Now they have stooped to the level of using school education as a platform for BJP propaganda,” said Congress state president Sachin Pilot.

The government, however, defended the decision.

“It was being felt that existing school books had inadequate Rajasthani content. That is why these changes were introduced. Still, about 70 per cent of the syllabus is based on NCERT curriculum, only 30 per cent is focused locally,” B L Chaudhary, chairman, Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, told The Indian Express.

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  1. R
    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:26 am
    Are there no good educationists in RSS who can do good text books instead of these current ill-educated ones?
    1. V
      village boy
      Apr 19, 2017 at 12:16 am
      Another way of saying dalits, South Indians etc. need not apply.
      1. A
        Apr 18, 2017 at 10:10 am
        Good demonstration of Indian racism! And if those don keys have added to the curriculum, what do you expect from them. By the way, who is ruling Rajashthan?
        1. I
          Apr 18, 2017 at 9:56 am
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          1. A
            Apr 18, 2017 at 10:12 am
            It is the BJP government which is creating such gimmicks to divert the attention from their failures. Enough lies have been fabricated in the name of progress and prosperity while on the ground level unemployment, intolerance, insecurity, hunger etc. are on the rise.
          2. R
            Apr 18, 2017 at 9:39 am
            Complexion!! See how racist we are! But we always deny we are racist. Why? Because the vast majority of us are also expert hypocrites!
            1. A
              Apr 18, 2017 at 7:15 am
              Generally shows how uncultured North Indians are. These cow belt s will temaim socially backward , uneducated, casteist for ever. Every north Indian is a Tarun Vijay in a different name.
              1. R
                Apr 18, 2017 at 9:47 am
                You will be happy if only they agree to be slaves of rome and vatican?
                1. A
                  Apr 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm
                  If you are happy being an uncultured, socially backward , casteist moron, so be it. You are in good company of millions of north Indian Gadhas born of gaumata and worshipping a wife killer called Ram Tulla and his monkeys. You see where you guys get your moronic views on women? JJust don't drag rest of India into your social backwardness and misogyny. Rest of India is far more enlightened than the cow belt and equally moronic gujjus , the prime example being India's only MA in ENTIRE POLITICAL SCIENCE. What a fraud.
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