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Gujarat: Govt officer conducts speech contest on “My role model-Nathuram Godse”

The Gujarat government on Wednesday suspended a probationary youth development officer from Valsad district for organising a speech competition for school students with “My Role Model – Nathuram Godse.”

PTI news agency reported that Mitaben Gavli, a probationary class-2 District Youth Development Officer for the Valsad district, was suspended after Gujarat minister Harsh Saghavi, assured action.

“I have ordered an inquiry into this incident. We will take action against the guilty,” minister said.

The suspension order stated that the officer should have taken extra care in selecting the topics for the elocution competition.

The issue came to light on Wednesday when local media in the Valsad district published reports claiming that a girl student has won the elocution competition for speaking on the subject – “My Role Model – Nathuram Godse,” te Hindu hardliner who assassinated Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.

The contest was open for students of primary schools in the age group of 11 to 13 years from the entire Valsad district.

“In the district-level competition held on February 14, school children were given three subjects to choose from. One of the subjects provided by Gavli was ‘My Role Model – Nathuram Godse’. The other two subjects were – ‘I like only those birds who fly in the sky’ and ‘I will become a scientist but will not go to the US”, read the suspension order.


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