Saffronisation of education: NCERT not to refer Gujarat carnage anti-Muslim riots: Report

Srinagar: The saffronisation of education continues as the 2002 Gujarat carnage will no longer be referred to as “anti-Muslim riots” in textbooks, a media report said on Saturday.

The 2002 Gujarat carnage will be instead referred to as the “Gujarat riots” to describe one of the worst communal violence in India since Independence, the Hindustan Times reported.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the course review committee that includes representatives of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the National Council of Educational Research And Training (NCERT), sources told the newspaper.

The change will be made in a Class 12 textbook, published in 2007 during the Congress-led UPA government’s tenure, the report said.

According to official estimates, nearly 800 Muslims and more than 250 Hindus were killed in the violence in February-March, 2002, and is considered one of the worst communal riots in the country since Independence. The violence was sparked by the death of 57 Hindu pilgrims who were burnt alive in a train compartment at a station in Godhra.

“The move could rile the minority community that bore the brunt of the weeks-long violence. Over the past three years, changes in textbooks have been a controversial issue. Several BJP-ruled states, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Maharashtra, tweaked schoolbooks in a way that triggered opposition allegations that these governments were trying to saffronise education,” the report said.

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