Rajasthan textbooks on govt schemes: Good height, beautiful complexion for successful entrepreneur

The textbooks, dedicated to key central and state government schemes, focus mainly on announcements made by PM Modi and instructs students to “internalise each word” of his Swacch Bharat pledge

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: April 19, 2017 7:18 am
rajasthan, rajasthan textbooks, rajastahn government, rajasthan government schemes, rajasthan schools, rajasthan government school, rajasthan BJP, swacch bharat pledge, indian express news, india news, education, rajasthan education 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. (Representational image)

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.

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.

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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    sahil
    Apr 20, 2017 at 4:10 am
    Rss was always fond of the s hence this rehash aryan theory for bharat reich
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      anon
      Apr 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm
      The country is developing by leaps and bounds.....thank you feku modi
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        Ravishankar
        Apr 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm
        Racist c-rapheads
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          Ravishankar
          Apr 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm
          Racist -heads
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            Sreenivasan Ezhuvappady
            Apr 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm
            “physical attributes” desirable in an entrepreneur, including “Uttam swasthya, prabhavshali vyak va, acchi unchai, sundar rang, shaleenta, gambhirta. A person who possess all these qualities my have a qualified certificate issued by VYAAPAM. Now the reading make some sense.. :))
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              Sari
              Apr 19, 2017 at 11:58 am
              Happens, when education is handled by those born to cows! It will be an incredible India that we will have after 25 years of rule by a party with this much of vision!
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                Jeswin
                Apr 19, 2017 at 10:42 am
                Ok if only Narayan murthy had acchi unchai, sundar rang, he would have been a successful entrepreneur.
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                  suresh kumar
                  Apr 19, 2017 at 8:54 am
                  What a rubbish reasoning...so people with dark complexion cannot do business...i think give a glance to software hub of world Bangaluru you will find who are involved in making that place a unique in world map.... we have darker complexion then western countries..its a fact..and we must be cool about our own attributes, there is no need to hide it. If we aren't able to absorb our inherited character how can be one confident about his character. This education is spoiling children's thought process.
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                    MyTake
                    Apr 19, 2017 at 12:54 am
                    (The chapter on Skill Development in a Cl 12 textbook lists the “physical attributes” desirable in an entrepreneur, including “Uttam swasthya, prabhavshali vyak va, acchi unchai, sundar rang, shaleenta, gambhirta (perfect health, impressive personality, good height, beautiful complexion, sobriety, seriousness).”). Everything is OK but requirement on GOOD HEIGHT, BEAUTIFUL COMPLEXION is bordering more on racist at ude. This will cause more division then unity and may cause all the good initiative to take a nose dive after the current regime is out. Not good to antagonize anyone in the name of development - such at ude has always bitten back! It will be akin to the sowing the seed for future trouble again by becoming an architect of its own failure in the long run! This should be removed unless you want the opposition to rally around a point which significant section of po tion are likely to buy!
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                      Arya.Brahmins
                      Apr 19, 2017 at 12:29 am
                      What is the problem with that. Arya brahmins have all those great virtues like fair complexion, tall and handsome. Most of the Hindi actresses are preferred for their beauty. Even Shri Modiji preferred Shrimathi Aishwarya Rai ji to meet Shri Francois Hollande ji. In fact Shri Modiji showed an album containing only Arya-brahmin girls to Shri Francois Hollande ji and as preferred by Shri Modiji Shri Hollande ji selected Shrimathi Aishwarya Rai ji Later Shrimathi Aishwarya Rai ji was super enterprising that she reduced the Rafael jets deal by 1 billion $. Isn't that enterprising? No surprises that Arya-brahmins are the WORLD's OLDEST PROFESSIONALS.
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                        Dapulina
                        Apr 19, 2017 at 12:39 am
                        @Arya.Brahmins:Modi is not a brahmin. He is OBC.
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                          Rudra
                          Apr 19, 2017 at 12:42 am
                          @Dapilina: so you accept everything else that Arya.Brahmins wrote?
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                          suresh kumar
                          Apr 19, 2017 at 8:51 am
                          What a rubbish reasoning...so people with dark complexion cannot do business...i think give a glance to software hub world Bangaluru you will find who are involved in making that place a unique in world map.... once racist will always be racist I think. If Modi had done what you have said then it will be shame to Indians...because we have darker complexion then western countries..its a fact..and we must be cool about our own attributes, there is no need to hide it.
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                          arc
                          Apr 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm
                          Rajasthan is part of cow belt after all. Such is their thinking. What can we expect. No wonder they call cow their mother. Uncultured, uneducated, casteist, racist , socially backward-- the w swathe from gujju land to bihar is a drag on India. And these morons want to impose their cow and monkey worshipping culture on the rest of India. .
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                            ak dev
                            Apr 18, 2017 at 11:06 pm
                            May not be for entrepreneurs with talent and money who can hire others but with equal talent, the height and complexion matters for getting the job not only in India but other countries also.
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                              Anuradha Kalhan
                              Apr 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm
                              Hahahaha... So how do they explain the success of entrepreneurs like Ambani ( the w lot) Adani, Ramdev, not to mention political entrepreneurs Amitji Shah and Modidji.
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