The Maharashtra secondary boards Class X textbook on Geography and Economics has omitted a substantial part of Arunachal Pradesh including the district of Tawang from the map of India and shown it as a part of neighbouring China. India and China have a dispute over Arunachal Pradesh with the Chinese making claim on a large part of the district as their own territory.
The error has been made in the map printed in the chapter India and its Neighbouring Countries. The Geography textbook carries seven large size maps of India. The mistake has,however,occurred in only one map which represents India and its neighbouring countries. The glaring error has been one of many that have cropped up in textbooks of the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
The state government has said it has taken note of the lapse and has asked for clarification from the board. We have sought an explanation from the state board, Minister for School Education Rajendra Darda said.
Complaints had also been received of errors in the History textbook of the board. The book has got the date of the start of World War II wrong. Over 17 lakh students in the state study under the state board.
The board had stated that it was planning to upgrade the quality of textbooks in the state after numerous complaints were received about mistakes in the textbooks.