2002 Gujarat Riots, Mughal Courts Likely To Be Taught in Kerala Schools

In the Class 12 Political Science textbook, pages containing content on the ‘Gujarat Riots’ were excluded from a chapter called ‘Recent developments in Indian politics.’

It further removed the mention of the National Human Rights Commission report on the violence in Gujarat and also excluded a ‘Raj Dharma’ comment by former-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Photographs of newspaper reports during the violence were also removed.

However, the Kerala SCERT recommended the General Education Department that the portion be retained for students within the state, The Hindu added.

While the NCERT also removed content for science subjects as well, the SCERT recommended that these portions not be taught since national entrance exams such as NEET and JEE are based on similar syllabi, and that any reduction in the NCERT’s textbooks will not affect students preparing for these examinations.

Recommendations from the SCERT are set to be discussed by respective subject sub-committees, and their decisions will be ratified by the curriculum steering committee before the changes are adopted.

(With inputs from The Hindu)

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