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Course on emergency likely in UP

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, June 29(UNI) Pressure to include politicians jailed during Emergency in the school curriculum is gaining steam in Uttar Pradesh.

After honouring the MISA and DIR detenues with Rs 500 per month political pension,the ruling Samajwadi Party is likely to introduce chapter on the 'Emergency' in the text books of junior schools, a move sure to upset the Congress in the state.

A demand for introducing chapter on Emergency was gaining momentum within the SP functionaries after the success of the function presided over by UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to honour those jailed under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) during Emergency imposed in 1975 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

State minor irrigation minister Shakir Ali has written a letter to the CM, urging him to introduce a chapter on Emergency as part of school syllabus.

In his letter, the Minister said that awareness was needed to be created among young generation, as Emergency was a black spot in the history of Independent India.

'Nobody wanted the Emergency, as it suppressed human rights, throttled democracy and subjugated the innocents and thus there is nothing wrong in educating young mind about its ugly side,' the minister argued in his letter.

He said by learning a lesson about the tyranny of the Emergency rule, young people would be better equipped to appreciate democracy.

On the other hand, this would cultivate a sense among them to oppose any move to suppress democracy, he said.

The minister said he would personally talk to the CM on this issue and would impress upon him to concede the demand.

''I am not averse to the demand for introducing a chapter on Emergency in schools,'' said state Samajwadi Party chief, Ram Saran Das.

He further said: ''I see nothing wrong in exposing school children to a historical fact that had done a great harm to innocent people and suppressed people's democratic rights.'' Meanwhile Primary education minister Kiran Pal Singh said since the matter was of sensitive nature, a policy decision was needed on this. ''We would go ahead with the move if we get a nod from the CM,'' he added.

The recent function to honour MISA detenus had also invited strong criticism from the Congress which saw the move as the chief minister's friendly gesture towards the saffron lobby.

During the function held on June 26, state government had announced a monthly pension of Rs 500 to each MISA and DIR detenues while they can avail free government bus travel along with a companion.


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