Friday, Oct 31, 2014

MP to draft proposal for chapter on Modi in textbooks

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Posted: May 26, 2014 12:45 am | Updated: May 25, 2014 11:53 pm

After Rajasthan, it’s the turn of Madhya Pradesh to show interest in including a chapter on Narendra Modi in school syllabus. Minister of State for School Education Deepak Joshi said a draft will be submitted to the state school textbook standing committee.

“It’s appropriate to include a chapter based on Modi’s life in school curriculum,’’ he told The Indian Express on Sunday.

Joshi, the son of former CM Kailash Joshi, said it would be up to the standing committee to accept the proposal. If accepted, he said, the chapter could be included from the next academic year. The draft would recommend including the chapter in Class III or VI.

The minister said he would take up the issue with Cabinet minister Paras Jain when they fly together to New Delhi to attend Modi’s swearing-in.

However, the Congress slammed the idea. “There’s nothing wrong in introducing chapters on the country’s PMs as long as they stick to facts. In Modi’s case, the proposed chapter should include the 2002 Gujarat riots, former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s advice to Modi to follow Rajdharma, his marriage and snoopgate,’’ said Congress’s chief spokesperson K K Mishra.

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