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Maharashtra education dept shopping list: 1,49,954 books on Modi, 4,343 on Gandhi, 1,635 on Nehru

"The order also includes purchase of books on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr B R Ambedkar but their number is lesser than that of the Modi books," an official from state education department said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2018 4:42 pm
Maharashtra education dept shopping list: 1,49,954 books on Modi, 4,343 on Gandhi, 1,635 on Nehru Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Express Photo/Renuka Puri/File)

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Maharashtra has ordered nearly 1.5 lakh books on Prime Minister Narendra Modi that will be supplied to the state government-run schools by this month-end, reported PTI. The order was placed last month and will be used as a supplementary reading material for students from class 1 to 8.

“The order also includes purchase of books on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr B R Ambedkar but their number is lesser than that of the Modi books,” an official from state education department said.

While 1,49,954 books on PM Modi have been ordered, only 4,343 books have been ordered on Mahatma Gandhi. The purchase order further states that just 1,635 books on India’s first Prime Minister and Congress leader Jawaharlal Nehru have been ordered. The list also includes 79,388 books on B R Ambedkar and 76,713 books on BJP leader and former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

However, with 3,40,982 books, the bulk of the order was placed for Maratha leader Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. And 3,21,328 books on former president and renowned scientist APJ Abdul Kalam have been ordered. All the orders are being purchased from private publishers, the official added.

State education minister Vinod Tawde said that transparency has been maintained while making the purchase order. “An expert committee has recommended the books and the order has been placed according to these recommendations,” he added.

The books are available in Marathi, Hindi, English and Gujarati languages and are being purchased under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), a programme for universalisation of elementary education.

The Opposition, meanwhile, hit out at the state government, accusing it of indulging in self-praise and making attempts to hide its own “black past.” Reacting to the order, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee president Ashok Chavan said, “The BJP is indulging in such acts out of sheer intellectual frustration and hatred. Their own organisation has a black history. BJP leaders need physiatric treatment.”

“The government has tried to remove names of leaders who sacrificed for the country, and is spending money on the books of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, who made no contribution to the country,” Chavan alleged.

Accusing the BJP of distorting history by maligning tall figures, Chavan asked how the party planned to remove the names of these leaders from the hearts of the people.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. rishi
    Feb 14, 2018 at 3:50 am
    Modi is laying the foundations of a resurgent and prosperous future societies of the Indian Sub-continent.....shaping the present and the future a billion-plus well-wishers of the Nation pride in wherever thy are on this planet. PLUS.....there is modi in every Indian.....and the world sees him as a strong, capable and ''highly innovative" leader . He is becoming a darling of the World Community Of Heads Of Governments And Corporates for his Honesty-Inspired-Diplomatic-Skills , Statesmanship And The MOst Sought-After WOrld-Vision Of A Globally Healthy Humanity That HArnesses Nature Through The Very Indian Practice Of YOGA....a scientifc art he has successfully taken to the entire world. The Centre should include a book on Modi in Kendriya Vidyalayas and also the rest of the states should implement a curriculum on Modi's philosophy and practices.
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      1. rishi
        Feb 14, 2018 at 3:37 am
        By all means, Modi is more relevant for a long time into the future.....he brings with him brightness and stepping-stones to a glorious future while nehru-g-a-n--dhi have become obsolete and done too much with for decades..... fact all literature on them should be relegated to some research library only for selective reading by research scholars on India's unfortunate colonial-past.
        1. E
          Feb 14, 2018 at 12:02 am
          Param poojya the great sri Narendrabhai Damodradas the "Modiji" is megalomaniac narcissist totally in love with himself and his own voice. Day after day he will reach anywhere to give useless bhashan loaded with half truths and joomlas not to mention the stupid acronyms his PR team invents. Now all these "book" to brainwash little children. Hope the entire bhakt company of India make their kids read these books and chant modi modi modi..
          1. Dee Bee
            Feb 14, 2018 at 2:52 am
            Take the peadophile megalomaniac comment from below. You belong to to the same class
          2. T
            Feb 13, 2018 at 11:08 pm
            Allah - there is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi (Footstool [of His Throne]) extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. (Al-Baqarah 2:255)
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