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Maulana Azad reference removed from NCERT textbook

In the revised political science textbook for Class 11 published by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, prominent freedom fighter and India’s first education minister, is no longer referenced.

In the revised political science textbook for Class 11 published by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, prominent freedom fighter and India’s first education minister, is no longer referenced.

The decision to purge the paragraph on Azad had not been mentioned when the NCERT released a “list of rationalised content” in June, The Hindu reported.

“The Constituent Assembly had eight major Committees on different subjects. Usually, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad or Ambedkar chaired these Committees,” read a paragraph featured in the first chapter of the earlier edition of Class 11 political science textbook titled “Constitution – Why and How?”

The new version of the textbook has revised the second line of the paragraph as: “Usually, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Patel or BR Ambedkar chaired these Committees”, according to The Hindu.

A paragraph stating that Jammu and Kashmir had acceded to India on the condition that it would remain autonomous has also been deleted, the newspaper reported.

Similar to the dropped paragraphs about the attempts made by Hindu extremists to assassinate Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and the ban imposed on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, last week it was reported that the NCERT had also removed content related to the 2002 Gujarat Muslim genocide, Mughal rule in India, and the nationwide Emergency imposed in 1975.

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