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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

RSS plea in Tamil Nadu HC against bias in history lesson

The Madras High Court has issued a notice to the Education Secretary and Director of School Education of Tamil Nadu, on a petition filed by an RSS activist seeking deletion of a lesson in a history book that linked the organisation with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The controversial observation is found in the history book prescribed for higher secondary students. Justice D. Murugesan admitted the writ petition filed by the RSS Prant Sanghchalak, Shri R.V.S. Marimuthu and issued notices to the two authorities returnable in two weeks.

According to the petitioner, lesson 19 in the book attributed the killing of Gandhiji “to a Hindu fanatic and member of the RSS, Nathuram Vinayak Godse”. He said this was “absolutely false and baseless” and that the imputation was “intended to bring disrepute to the RSS by falsely twisting and distorting history”. Neither the RSS nor any of its members had been implicated in the investigation and judgment relating to the murder of Gandhiji, the petitioner said, and contended that if the lesson was taught, it would create a wrong impression about the RSS and cause damage to its reputation and goodwill. “Even the subsequent commissions and committees constituted to go into the conspiracy of killing of Gandhiji had never given any findings or reports on the alleged involvement of the RSS,” he said. The objectionable portion had been included deliberately with a view to lowering the moral character and credibility of the RSS in the students’ minds. He sought a court direction to the Director of School Education to issue suitable instructions to all concerned to not to teach the lesson in question and direct the Government to delete the portion as published in the textbook forthwith. (FOC)

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