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Friday, September 09, 2005

Joshi assails move to distort Indian history

Author: Pioneer News Service
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: September 5, 2005

Former human resource minister Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday assailed the move to distort the Indian history by the NCERT and demanded that school syllabus, which described Lord Ram and Lord Krishna as 'imaginary figures,' should be scraped immediately.

He said: "Our children are taught that Rama and Krishna are imaginary figures, Aryans came from outside and they consumed beef." Mr Joshi, a senior BJP leader, was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the 27th foundation day of Kendriya Arya Yuvak Parishad.

Just two-day before the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting to finalise the National Curriculum Framework 2005, Mr Joshi's statement indicates that the school education ministers from the five BJP-ruled States are not likely to accept the 'distortions' which, the observers claim, came due to the Marxist influence.

Mr Joshi, who was the former HRD minister during the NDA rule, said instead efforts should be made to "save" India's culture, history and religion. He demanded that the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads should be included in the school curriculum.

"We generally look down upon our own culture, religion and history and those who talk about these issues are immediately dubbed as "communal," he said.

He regretted that "such a situation can happen only in India." To elaborate his claim, he gave the example of Assam Chief Minister having to withdrew his statement that the Bangladeshi immigrants were in a majority in some of the districts.

"If we raise these issues, we will be accused of spreading hatred," he said taking a dig on the Congress-led and Left-supported UPA. He reminded the Left and the Congress-backed historians to listen to the latest studies which have proved beyond doubt that the Aryans originated in India and they never came from outside. "But it is still being taught that way," Mr Joshi said.

Addressing the gathering earlier, BJP Parliamentary Party leader in the Lok Sabha V K Malhotra said successive governments have over the years appeased Muslims in such a manner that even Muslims in Pakistan do not enjoy such benefits.

"India is the only country in the world to have a commission for the minorities. Other nations have Human Rights Commissions. "We in India are also planning to bring about a separate minority education bill and two commissions are looking into their socio-economic status," he said.

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