Nehru off textbook: Promote your icons but let ours be, says Congress

First reported by The Indian Express on May 8, the new Social Science textbook for Class VIII has virtually erased Nehru from the pages of history.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 11, 2016 1:57 am

The removal of references to Jawaharlal Nehru in Rajasthan’s Class VIII textbook drew strong reactions from the Congress in the Upper House on Tuesday, even as the government dubbed the move as a correction of the academic wrongs committed in the past.

First reported by The Indian Express on May 8, the new Social Science textbook for Class VIII has virtually erased Nehru from the pages of history. The matter was raised in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday by Congress member Rajeev Shukla, who accused the BJP of rewriting the country’s history by deleting names of Congress icons from textbooks and rechristening roads, airports and government schemes named after them.

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“When we were in power, we did not change the schemes named after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya,” Shukla said. “The Civil Aviation minister is here. I would like him to clarify whether there is a proposal for pilots to announce just the name of the city at the time of landing and not the airport to avoid perpetuating the names of our leaders in collective memory,” he said.

“You promote your icons, but let ours be. You can’t stop children from accessing information in this age. If you erase it from textbooks, they will find out from the internet. You are only vitiating the education environment.”

Leading the government’s defence, MoS Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, said, “The issue raised by him (Shukla) is serious. But let me assure that no names (of leaders) are being erased or hidden. In fact, we are only adding names of those icons sidelined by your government in the past.”

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    Dinesh
    May 11, 2016 at 11:00 am
    Indians should remove all Neru and Indira hi and family names from Education books
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      MyTake
      May 11, 2016 at 9:52 am
      Nehru has outlived his time. He should go.
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        Archpagan
        May 11, 2016 at 7:05 am
        Mahatma hi did nothing to prevent parion. Nehru's socialistic economy and concept of PSU's capturing 'commanding heights of Indian economy' had been a disaster for the country. Both of them were egomaniacs. Congress made a complete black-out of the RSS as an organization and its icons like Hegdewar and Guruji Golwalkar.
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          Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
          May 11, 2016 at 8:37 am
          BJP has not removed the names of various his from various yojanas.
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            Codes Codd
            May 11, 2016 at 10:50 am
            A small list of deeds by Congress Icons is given below. In the light of below... I think entire congress should be behind the bars.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1. After independence Nehru took Kashmir to UN even after Sardar Patel told him to not to do this. But NEHRU THE never listened.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;2. Fought the war with stan and stopped it in between while Army was ready to capture rest of Kashmir in 1949lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;3. Gifted Tibat to China in plate without fightlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;4. Gives the statement in Parliament that there is nothing in Tibbat ... it jut a stony land ... and even gr is not available there ... what a FOOL?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;5. Lost Arunachal to China once in 1962 and then cried for help to US and then China vacated Arunachallt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;6. THE GREAT NEHRU then lost Aksai Chin in 1962 war with China lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then comes INDIRA HIlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;7. Military won the war in 1971, captured entire East stan(Now BanglaDesh) and also captured 90000 soldiers of stan. Stupid hi lost this war on the tablelt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;8. We just got a Shimla Agreement which stan never accepts. Kashmir still unresolvedlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;9. Then Congress divided the society on the basis of cast using Reservation ... something that even British could not manage ...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;10. She imposed emergency in the countrylt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;NOW RAJIV HIlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;11. Sent IPKF in Sri Lanka... why as we wanted to become regional power... fight war for others without benefit .. result our own soldiers died without any reasonlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;12. Bofors Scandallt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then Manmohan Singh ... ... this spineless PM had just disgraced the chair of PMlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;List of scams when Manmohan was PMlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;13. 2Glt;br/gt;14. Coal gatelt;br/gt;15... Many others that I forgot
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              rameshnk
              May 11, 2016 at 4:10 am
              All the media, intellectuals leftists were OK when the scamgress all these years highlighted family icons. They were in deep slumber. The contribution of many many others were simply relegated to the background. It was as if Only worthies of Nehru family had fought for freedom. Just do a count of how many insutions are named after Nehru and family on one side and rest all on the other. You will notice Nehru and family will win hands down. This was scamgress way of cultural domination!!!! What happened to Netaji Bose. All these years his files were hidden. Now it turns out a crucial file was mysteriously stolen during Scamgress rule in 1972. Do you need any more proof on the malintentions of Scamgressis?? Scamgressis are Desi Goebbels!!!
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                jag
                May 11, 2016 at 8:09 am
                sir: it is not the question what congress did or did not do. issue is if it is ok to wipe out nehru from post parion narrative of india. i do not think it is correct. he was the top executive of the country from 15th august 1947 to 27th may 1964. a very long period indeed. you just can not black out almost 17th years of independent india's history. what is bjp in rajasthan trying to achieve?
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                  Vensuslaus Jesudason
                  May 11, 2016 at 6:20 am
                  Jawaharlal Nehru was the greatest leader and architect of modern India. He had great regard and respect for democracy and insutions, which flourished and sparkled under his stewardship. The BJP government of Rajasthan has ordered removal of references alluded to the late Prime Minister from school text books out of jealousy and mean-mindedness. It is a rank bad precedent. Rajasthan should reconsider its ill-founded decision.
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