Somnath slams Mamata for banning Karl Marx from school syllabus

Veteran Marxist says if students are to read Marx,they are not supposed to turn into Communists.

Written by Agencies | Kolkata | Published: April 6, 2012 4:17:26 pm

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee today slammed the West Bengal government for the reported omission of the Russian revolution,Karl Marx and Frederick Engels from the history syllabus of the Higher Secondary Council and wondered who was advising Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“I have no idea who are advising the chief minister for radically overhauling the history syllabus excluding chapters of world history,but it is definitely a wrong and controversial decision,” Chatterjee said.

The veteran Marxist said “if students are to read Marx,Engels and about the Russian revolution,they are not supposed to turn into Communists.

“I fail to understand why such a historic event and great masters of history will be excluded in the curriculum. This is not desirable and is unnecessary and unfortunate,” he said.

According to reports,the history school syllabus is likely to be totally overhauled with the Russian revolution,Marx and Engels excluded.

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