Karnataka: CM Bommai asks Education Minister to submit report, students protest ‘saffronisation’ of education

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Karnataka Textbook row has heated up the education landscape of the state. Days after the Hijab row, the state is now witnessing a textbooks related controversy as Opposition(s) and others protest against the alleged ‘saffronisation’ of education. Speaking to reporters, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has given an update on the issue.
Referring to a possible resolution to Karnataka Textbook row, CM Bommai has said that the Education Minister has been asked to submit a report. According to an ANI report, CM Bommai said, “The Education Minister has been asked to submit a report. The Minister has stated that he would submit a report after considering all aspects of the issue.”
As per reports, the Education Minister of Karnataka is also expected to meet CM Bommai personally and submit this report. Based on the report, CM Bommai would then take an action in a few days.
Karnataka Textbook row, however, has also reached the streets. School students and various student organisations are now protesting against the alleged saffronisation of education. Some are even demanding the removal of the textbook revision committee chairman Rohith Chakrathirtha by alleging that the revision of these textbooks is ‘unconstitutional.’
To recap, Karnataka Textbook row erupted when Opposition alleged that the revision of textbooks, especially of class 10 Kannada and Social Science has been done to ‘saffronise’ education. Several organisations even claimed that lessons on Bhagat Singh were removed and some speech from RSS was added.
Further allegations range from teachings being distorted to biased approach while revision of textbooks. However, as of now, the ruling government has refuted all such claims.