Textbook sparks row over mosque depicted as noise pollutant

The science textbook, published by Selina Publishers, has a chapter on the causes of noise pollution. The picture, shared widely on social media, shows a train, car, plane and a mosque, all with symbols depicting loud sound, next to a man grimacing and shutting his ears.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 2, 2017 2:02 pm
mosque, Textbook, noise pollution, mosque noise pollution, ICSE schools, Selina Publishers, india news Gupta said the diagram on page 202 of its publication, Integrated Science, consisted of “a structure resembling a portion of a fort and other noise producing objects in a noisy city”. (File/AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

An image in a class VI textbook taught in ICSE schools showing a “mosque” as a source of noise pollution has sparked outrage on social media, prompting an apology from the publisher and the promise that the picture would be removed in subsequent editions. The science textbook, published by Selina Publishers, has a chapter on the causes of noise pollution. The picture, shared widely on social media, shows a train, car, plane and a mosque, all with symbols depicting loud sound, next to a man grimacing and shutting his ears.

Netizens have now launched an online petition demanding the book be withdrawn. While ICSE board officials were not available for comment, the publisher has apologised for the image. “This is to inform all concerned that we will be changing the picture in subsequent editions of the book,” publisher Hemant Gupta said on social media sites. Gupta said the diagram on page 202 of its publication, Integrated Science, consisted of “a structure resembling a portion of a fort and other noise producing objects in a noisy city”.

“We do apologise if it has hurt the sentiments of anyone,” he said. Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam had stoked a controversy in April this year when he said he was woken up by the sound of “azaan” — early morning calls for prayers from mosques — amplified by loudspeakers. There have been several incidents of controversial content being found in school textbooks in recent months.

Excerpts from a class XII Physical Education textbook taught in some CBSE schools had kicked up a furore for defining a figure measurement of 36-24-36 as the “best body shape for females”. A class IV environmental science textbook that suggested killing a kitten as part of an experiment went viral on social media, forcing the publisher to withdraw it from the market earlier this year.

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    George Cruz
    Jul 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm
    There is a double standard by the Mosques in India and the western countries. In western countries the Muslims hold prayers but in calm and silence. In India, the congress and communists have courted Muslims for vote bank, supporting the religious divide and demonize Hindus, absolute no respect for fellow Hindus, and the mosques are equipped with loud speakers and the public are forced listen the sermons. All these leftist parties are courting lawless Muslims for their self interests, claiming democracy/freedom to silence the majority. In general, the Muslims are theocratic, absolute disrespect the democracy, secularism, and the reality is that there are NO democratic/secular countries in the Islamic world.
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      NAMASIVAYAM CHOKKALINGAM
      Jul 2, 2017 at 7:26 pm
      Mosques are noise pollutants is a fact as 2 plus 2 makes 4. So are many non-Muslim noise makers. The latter fact also must have been mentioned in the textbook.
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        Hedonist
        Jul 2, 2017 at 7:02 pm
        Loudspeakers aren't mentioned either in Quran or Hadiths. It is unIslamic to use loudspeakers.
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          Munzir Baig
          Jul 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm
          Saffron terrorist spotted eating a red hot chilli drinking chilled glass of gau mutra.
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          Mosque Sound Polluter
          Jul 2, 2017 at 6:59 pm
          This news agency is nothing but Isis , editor is musselman Isis terroristb
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            yesodharan
            Jul 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm
            IN FACT ACCORDING TO NOISE POLLUTION RULES IN FORCE USE OF LOUD SPEAKERS ALONG WITH SO MANY OTHER ITEMS ARE BANNED FROM ANY RELIGIOUS PLACES.WE GOT NO RESPECT FOR LAWS SO THE MENACE CONTINUE.
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              Hedonist
              Jul 2, 2017 at 6:27 pm
              Being honest is a crime in Islam.
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                ABC
                Jul 2, 2017 at 6:42 pm
                Being dishonet is highly revered in your stone age mythological religion.
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                School Bus
                Jul 2, 2017 at 6:25 pm
                What is wrong in this? Why did publishers tender apology? It is 100 true that mosques are noise pollutants. They use loudspeakers mounted on high minarets and keep disturbing people around. A strict ban must be imposed on use of amplifiers in mosques. Muslims in India take undue advantage of Hindu empathy. In my opinion, amplifiers are not to be used in any religious place. They may perform rituals without amplification.
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                  ABC
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm
                  Temples and Hindu festivals are the biggest source of pollution in India. Loud Aartis, Bhajans, Navratris, Ganpati, Diwali, holi and what not. Even local trains are not spared from noise pollution by the Bhajan Mandlis. AZAN does not take more than 2 minutes each time and for 5 times in a day, it is just 10 minutes. School Bus should go back to the chaddi school from where he came from.
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                  Dr Datta
                  Jul 2, 2017 at 6:23 pm
                  It is absolutely true that mosque are noise pollutant. As per the supreme court judgement there should not be any speakers from 10 pm to 6 am. But all the mosques in mumbai are defying it. No action from the police. I wonder why these people are using loudspeaker ....They follow everything which was at the time Paingambar.....Was loudspeaker discovered that time???? Some stupid people to hide their identify write ic comments by hindu name....But they smell....Bcoz jumhe ke jimhe
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                    ABC
                    Jul 2, 2017 at 6:49 pm
                    Quack Datta you need a phsycatrist. Temples and Hindu festivals are the biggest source of pollution in India. Loud Aartis, Bhajans, Navratris, Ganpati, Diwali, holi and what not. Even local trains are not spared from noise pollution by the Bhajan Mandlis. AZAN does not take more than 2 minutes each time and for 5 times in a day, it is just 10 minutes.
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