Bengaluru, May 23: Strongly defending the move to revise school textbooks, Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh on Monday alleged that confusion is unnecessarily being created among the people and students, along with attempts to create communal hatred by spreading falsehood.
Alleging that facts were distorted or hidden from the textbooks, especially from the history books earlier, to suit certain motives, he said when attempts are underway to put out actual facts, the "so-called self-declared intellectuals and education experts" and Congress leaders are unable to digest it, and hence are spreading lies.
"Those unable to digest the smooth functioning education department are spreading lies. It started with rumours that a lesson on Tipu Sultan was being omitted from the textbook, even before the textbook revision committee report came. Then, when the book went for printing, it was alleged that a lesson on Bhagat Singh had been dropped, despite my immediate clarification that no such omission had been made," Nagesh said.
Speaking to reporters here, he said false information was spread subsequently regarding the omission of chapters on Basavanna, Narayana Guru and now allegations of distorting facts on Kuvempu.
"Unnecessarily confusion is being created among the people and students, along with attempts to create communal hatred," he alleged, as he asked as to why no one questioned when certain chapters were omitted by the previous textbook revision committee headed by Prof. Baraguru Ramachandrappa, constituted by the previous Congress regime.
The controversy had erupted recently following objections raised by some organisations against inclusion of a speech by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in the Class 10 Kannada revised textbook, allegedly by omitting a chapter on Bhagat Singh.
Clarifying on the omission of a chapter on Narayana Guru, the minister said there have been complaints from teachers regarding Class 10 history textbooks over burdening the students, since the Congress government's tenure under Siddaramaiah, as the syllabus cannot be completed in a year.
"So, we removed the chapter on Narayana Guru from history textbook and included it in the Kannada book as it is, while the chapter on Narayana Guru has remained as it is in Class 6 textbook," he said, noting that even senior politicians started spreading these lies on social media without even having gone through the textbook or knowing the facts.
Further stating that a chapter on Bhagat Singh has not been removed, Nagesh said information regarding other revolutionary freedom fighters like Chandra Shekhar Azad, Sukhdev, and Rajguru, have been added in the revised textbook.
"We are at least happy the Congress which had called revolutionaries as terrorists has started speaking about them," he said, pointing out that the previous textbook committee had reduced contents regarding chapters on Mysuru Maharajahs, while adding more information on Tipu Sultan.
"Why Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and D K Shivakumar were silent then?" the minister asked.
Admitting that the present committee has removed certain lines from a chapter on Periyar as it said Rama represents Vedic culture and Ravana represented Dravidian movement, he asked, "Should we teach our students such things?"
The minister said misinformation is being spread that Kuvempu has been disrespected in the textbook, while the fact is nothing in the said chapter was revised from what was earlier.
"We have in fact added a couple of chapters on Kuvempu and his writings like Ramayana Darshanam, while the previous committee had removed some chapters," he said, as he hit out at "so-called self-declared intellectuals and education experts."
At every step, Hindu history or historical figures were "avoided", he said, even in Kannada the word "Indian Ocean" was used instead of "Hindu Maha Sagara", as the ocean is called in the vernacular language, because it has the word Hindu in it.
Nagesh said the previous committee constituted by the Congress regime had removed chapters on B R Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi and distorted facts on Swami Vivekananda, while a chapter on Jawaharlal Nehru's letter to his daughter was added by removing lessons on "Sindhu Culture".
He added that even writers and literary figures are seen with a prism of caste or religion by alleging that works of Brahmin literary figures are being included in the revised textbooks.
As much as 78 per cent textbooks had already reached students and the remaining will also reach soon, Nagesh further said, as he defended inclusion of Hedgewar's speech stating that the RSS founder dedicated his entire life for the nation, first beginning as a revolutionary and then with Congress.
Hedgewar came out of Congress as it associated itself with the Khilafat movement, and then founded the RSS to motivate youngsters for the cause of the nation, the minister further said.
Writers and thinkers with RSS background also have equal rights under the Constitution, like the Left and so-called secular intellectuals or thinkers have, he said.
The minister also strongly defended Rohith Chakrathirtha, the head of the current textbook committee, and hit back at his detractors pointing out that he was a professor teaching CET and IIT students.
The committee headed by Chakrathirtha, which was constituted to examine social science and language textbooks, has revised social science textbooks from Classes 6 to 10 and Kannada language textbooks from Classes 1 to 10.
Congress also hits back at Education Minister B C Nagesh on the micro blogging site twitter:
ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಸಚಿವರೇ, ಪಠ್ಯ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಸಮಿತಿಯ ಪೋಕರಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷನನ್ನು ಸಮರ್ಥಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಸಿಇಟಿ ಪ್ರೊಫೆಸರ್ ಆಗಿದ್ದರು ಎಂದಿದ್ದೀರಿ.— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) May 23, 2022
ಸಿಇಟಿ ಯುನಿವರ್ಸಿಟಿ ಇದೆಯೇ? ಎಲ್ಲಿದೆ? ಅಥವಾ ವಾಟ್ಸಾಪ್ ಯೂನಿವರ್ಸಿಟಿಯ ರೀತಿ ಅದೂ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರೊಪೆಗಂಡಾ ಯುನಿವರ್ಸಿಟಿಯೇ?
ಇಲ್ಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಇಲಾಖೆ ಶತಮೂರ್ಖರ ಕೈಯ್ಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಒಪ್ಪಿಕೊಳ್ಳಿ
ಕುವೆಂಪು ಈ ನಾಡಿಗೆ, ದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಇಡೀ ಜಗತ್ತಿಗೆ ಸ್ಪೂರ್ತಿಯ ಸೆಲೆಯಾದವರು.— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) May 23, 2022
ಸಂಘ ಸಿದ್ದಾಂತ ಪ್ರತಿಪಾದಕರನ್ನು ವಿಜೃಂಭಿಸಿ, ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಕವಿಯನ್ನು ಕೇವಲವಾಗಿ ಬಿಂಬಿಸಿದ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ತನ್ನ ಆಂತರ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿನ ಕುವೆಂಪು ದ್ವೇಷವನ್ನು ಅನಾವರಣಗೊಳಿಸಿದೆ.
RSSನ ಮುಖವಾಣಿ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗಳಂತವನ್ನು ಪಠ್ಯಪುಸ್ತಕವೆಂದು ಒಪ್ಪಲಾಗದು. pic.twitter.com/jGBnmzsvtZ
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Mangaluru: Continuous rainfall in Dakshina Kannada including Mangaluru, is now posing threat to the low-lying areas with flooding if the rain continues for next few hours.
Incidents of wall of the houses and compound walls collapsing, have also been reported from several areas since Wednesday night.
Similarly, cracks were also spotted on the Maravur Bridge following which the Deputy Commissioner instructed the PWD Executive Engineering to visit the spot and inspect the bridge on Thursday morning.
Due to the drainage issues, several areas in Mangaluru including Kottara Chowki were experiencing water logging causing traffic jams and panic among the locals who fear flooding if the rains do not stop.
In several other areas, homes have also been inundated with rain water putting the houses on risk of damages. Residents in these areas were evacuated and were shifted to other localities temporarily.
The Deputy Commissioner also declared holidays to PU and Degree colleges due to rains on June 30. He also added that the decision on declaring holidays to schools and other colleges will be taken after assessing the situation in the district by Friday morning.