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Gujarat school text books give rare info

Gandhi Nagar, June 18 (): Modi was faulted for his factual errors on his discourses on history during his poll campaign. It looks like the education experts from his home State too share the same problem.

October 30, 1948 is important as Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated and on the same day Japan launched nuclear attack on US.

Before Pakistan came into being a new country called ‘ Islamic Islamabad’ was formed after Partition with Khyber Ghat as its capital and located in the Hindu Kush mountains. All South Indians are generally called Madrasis. These are examples of wisdom from history and social science textbooks that have been circulated to 50,000 Class 6- 8 students of Gujarat government- run English- medium schools.

The textbooks were put together by not a group of amateurs but a panel of experts of GCERT (Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training) and GSBT (Gujarat State Board for School Textbooks), who decide the curriculum.

Luckily, Modi escaped from his life history being chronicled by the experts as they wanted to include a chapter on the life and times of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in these text books. Modi shot down the proposal himself. These books have been in circulation since 2001 and now the state government has realized that something is amiss and appointed a panel of experts from private schools and not government schools to review and revise these textbooks. Official sources claim that the revised textbooks are now out in the market in time for the current academic session.

Cultural definitions of various regions of India are given. East India has heavy rainfall and so men wear clothes that are above ankle and women drape their sari in a peculiar way. They stay in bamboo houses or those made in wood because of the rainfall.

Coming to South, all South Indians popularly known as ‘Madrasis’ love idli and dosa; Onam in Kerala and Diwali in South is like the Rath Yatra in Puri Jagannadh temple.

As how socialism came was when people kept meeting each other often and agriculture came after people preserved grains to eat and today we are enjoying the benefits of work done twenty lack years back.

(With inputs from India Today)

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