Orissa to enact new law to regulate 'misleading' writings: Dey

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 31 (UNI) The Orissa government will soon enact a new law to regulate the publication of school and college books to prevent vested interest groups from misleading the students with wrong ideas and knowledge, Higher Education Minister Samir Dey said here today.

Mr Dey's remark came following Sangha Parivar's demand for action against the publisher and authors of a book entitled ''Indian Polity'' which depicted the BJP, RSS, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena as militant organisations promoting communalism.

Mr Dey said some people were making a well planned conspiracy to create a chaos in the educational field. An inquiry could be conducted into the incident and stern action would be taken against the guilty. If required, the book would also be banned, he added.

The book written by Amarendra Mohanty and Shyama Charan Mohanty was prescribed for Plus three courses. The book in its page 125 mentioned BJP, RSS, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal as militant organisations inciting communal violence in the country.

While Dr Amarendra Mohanty had already retired from government service, Dr S C Mohanty was continuing as a lecturer in a college.

Mr Dey said it was a serious issue and action would be taken against all those responsible for such conduct. If required, the action would also be taken against the publisher of the book, the Minister who consulted the law department in this regard, said.

He regretted that such type of misleading informations were reported earlier in another text book in which Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was portrayed as fake nationalist leader.

Earlier a six member delegation of the BJP, RSS and Bajrang Dal submitted memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Higher Education Minister Samir Dey demanding action against the publisher and the authors of the book.

They also demanded the removal of Amarendra Mohanty from the post of Secretary of Indian Institute of Public Administration with immediate effect.

The activists today burnt the book in the busy Master Canteen square in protest.

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