New Delhi, July 24: A private school in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh added Pervez Musharraf's name as one of the "great personalities" in a book. The book, which is for the students of class III, also carries his picture.
Decision of the school authorities shocked many as Musharraf, the former Pakistani President and the former military dictator, is known as the mastermind of 1999 Kargil War with India.
The District Bar Association (DBA) in Jabalpur has taken a strong objection to the lesson and complained to the district authorities in this regard, following which Christ Asha School at Awadhpuri here, has withdrawn the book.
Amit Sahu and Vinay Mishra of the DBA were quoted as saying, "The book written by Pankaj Jain and published by Gayatri Publication has put Musharraf's picture among the portraits of six great personalities."
"This is highly objectionable. Under the Musharraf regime in Pakistan, the Kargil War took place, in which many Indian soldiers lost their lives," they said.
It is a folly on the part of the state and central education departments that a lesson is being taught to children at this tender age, which shows Musharraf as a great personality, Sahu said adding, "This amounts to playing with the future of the children."
A DBA delegation has filed a petition to the District Magistrate (Collector) S N Rupla in this regard, in which they have sought action against the writer of the book as well as its publisher.
The book, however, claims that its contents were in accordance with the syllabus of National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT).
When contacted, the Collector told PTI that following the complaint, he has written a letter to the NCERT in Delhi, and state departments concerned two days back to look into the issue.
"The departments concerned will take a call on it," Rupla said. Principal of the school, Manorama Awasthi, said, "When the content of the book was brought to our notice, we immediately withdrew it."
(With agency inputs)