Mumbai University textbook excludes Nehru, terms Gandhi, Tilak ‘anti-secular’
After Rajasthan Government excluded mentions about the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru from the textbooks in the state, now Mumbai University has also allegedly omitted his name from text books. According to the sources, the Mumbai University’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning textbook omitted his name from the list of national leaders and freedom fighters in the country. The text books also termed father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi and Bal Gangadhar Tilak as “anti-secular.”
According to a Mid-day report, the book titled ‘Modern Indian Political Thoughts,’ has dubbed Gandhi and Tilak as anti-secular citing some instances from the life of the both.
“The book blames Mahatma Gandhi for using too many ‘Hindu idioms and similes’ and pushing Muhammad Ali Jinnah to break away and form Pakistan,” the report said.
The book accused Tilak of mixing religion with politics as he invoked Bhagvad Gita for political actions. The book also cited his role in beginning Ganesh Festival.
The textbook also claimed that Left party is the only front that showed justice to the secular values in the true sense.
Meantime, Suresh Jondhale who is working as the course coordinator and the head of the Civics and Politics department came forward justifying the move. “With this statement, it was actually meant to present that politics has to be kept away from religion and shouldn’t be mixed. But Tilak’s actions were contrary to this,” he said.
Few weeks ago, the Education Ministry of Rajasthan was in the news for omitting all mentions about the former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru from the class 8th text books. The congress party had criticized the move terming it a clear instance of “saffronization of education.’ The decision of Rajasthan Education ministry to include a letter of Gomatha asking student to respect and regard her as the mother had also drawn much flak.