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Revised history text book from next academic session: Arjun Singh

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New Delhi, Aug 24 (UNI) HRD Minister Arjun Singh today said some of the NCERT text books would be revised from the next academic session to remove certain discrepancies in history lessons, but strongly refuted the allegations that some Hindi books were giving lessons in ''unparliamentary language''.

''The NCERT books have been prepared by extremely sensitive and scholarly educationists, teachers and scientists and are in consonance with the innate values enshrined in the Indian Constitution,'' Mr Singh told the Rajya Sabha.

He also announced said that in the revised history text book, the reference to Guru Gobind Singh as a ''terrorist' would be removed.

Later talking to reporters, he said these books would not be ''examined'' by a Joint Parliamentary Committee and he would not buckle under BJP pressure tactics.

In his nearly half-an-hour submission, the minister sought to refute the charges of BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Murli Manohar Joshi that certain portions in history and Hindi text books not only suffered from factual errors but were ''blatantly obnoxious'' in depiction of a number of freedom fighters.

Mr Prasad said some stories, plays and poetry of Premchand, Dhumal and Avtar Singh Pass had used unparliamentary language and thus could not be taught to impressionable children.

''How can those words which are unparliamentary in the House be taught to children in schools?'' he asked.

He also took strong exception to depiction of freedom fighters like Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Aurbindo Ghosh and Bipan Chandra Pal as ''terrorists'' and the Jat revolutionaries as ''plunderers''.

Dr Joshi said works of Balzac, Maupassant and Ismat Chugtai might be of great standards but not all of them could be taight to children at such an early stage.

''Even Kamasutra is great piece of work, but it does not mean that it has to be introduced in the school curriculum,'' he said, refuting the argument of the HRD minister that NCERT books included works of great writers.

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