New Delhi: The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), has removed ‘anti-Muslim’ word from the political science text book for Class XII on 2002 Gujarat Muslim Massacre.
Hindustan Time has quoted that “Having earlier studied the 2002 “Anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat”, Class 12 political science students will now read about the “Gujarat riots” in an updated textbook.”
According to the report, the passage in the chapter titled “Politics in India since Independence” has retained the text with a minor change. The word ‘Muslim’ has been removed from the first line of the sentence.
However, the text “continues to highlight critical observations about the role of the then Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state government”, the daily’s report reads.
The passage earlier read: “In February-March 2002, large-scale violence against Muslims took place in Gujarat”. In the updated books, it now reads: “In February-March 2002, large-scale violence took place in Gujarat”.
The passage critical of the then BJP government, which the Hindustan Times says has not been changed, reads: “The National Human Rights Commission criticised the Gujarat government’s role in failing to control violence, provide relief to the victims and prosecute the perpetrators of this violence. The EC ordered the assembly elections to be postponed.”
The book was reportedly published in 2007. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance was in power at the Centre in 2007.
A senior NCERT official pointed out that the syllabus, which is used to prepare text for books, does not have the word ‘anti-Muslim’.
“The syllabus clearly uses the word Gujarat riots. However, the textbook had included the word ‘Anti-Muslim’. When we started the work on updating the books we were informed about it and we have reverted to ‘Gujarat riots’,” he said.