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BJP Govt. Removes Western Poets And Urdu From Class VIII Textbooks In Rajasthan

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NEW DELHI -- Students in Rajasthan will no longer read about how "the poetry of earth is never dead" because the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government has removed John Keats' poem, On The Grasshopper and Cricket, from the Class VIII curriculum.

They will also not to be scratching their heads over Thomas Hardy's When I Set Out For Lyonnesse, T.S. Eliot's Macavity: The Mystery Cat, Edward Lear's The Duck and the Kangaroo, and William Blake's The School Boy.

In the first batch of revised textbooks, the state government has replaced works by acclaimed poets from the West with lesser known writers with a more regional flavor, The Times of India reported on Wednesday.

The books, which recently arrived at the state textbook depots in Ajmer, Udaipur, Dausa, Bharatpur and Jaipur, now include poems such as My First Visit To The Bank, The Brave Lady of Rajasthan, Chittor, Sangita The Brave Girl and The Glory of Rajasthan.

In the Hindi textbook of Class VIII, chapters with Urdu words have also been removed, TOI reported.

"Most of the Hindi chapters that were dropped were loaded with Urdu words, which were difficult for the students to understand," a member of the textbook committee told TOI. "We were also directed to strike out those chapters whose theme revolves around a particular faith."

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