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RSS Ideologue Dina Nath Batra Wants NCERT To Remove Tagore, Ghalib, Riot References From Syllabus

Bizarre list.

24/07/2017 1:01 PM IST | Updated 24/07/2017 1:03 PM IST
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In this photograph taken on June 1, 2016, Indian schoolchildren and teachers take part in lessons in classrooms at Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS)run Sankardev Sishu Nikatan School in the Betkuchi area of Guwahati. / AFP / Biju BORO

A right-wing group has a bizarre list of recommendations for the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which recently invited suggestions from the public for its review of school text books.

The RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, headed by Dina Nath Batra, who was also the former head of the education wing of the RSS, has sent five pages of recommendations, reported The Indian Express. The list reportedly includes references to Muslims killed in Gujarat riots, former PM Manmohan Singh's apology after the 1984 riots, poems by Mirza Ghalib and Pash, the writings of Tagore, among others.

Instead, the group wants students to learn about Hindu leaders like Shivaji, Maharana Pratap, and Subhash Chandra Bose, they told Express.

Read the full list of deletions he has suggested here.

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