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In Congress-ruled Rajasthan, Balakot air strikes find place in school textbooks

IANS  |  Jaipur 

At a time when many leaders across the country have questioned the authenticity of Balakot air strikes, the government in has accommodated the story of fighter jets attacking terrorist camps across the LoC in its school textbooks.

The textbooks not only speak of the valour of Wing Abhinandan, but also mention for Sports and I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, a BJP candidate from Jaipur Rural, who won a silver medal for the country at in Men's Double Trap event.

The new of Class 9 has a chapter added with the title National Security and Tradition of Bravery in which stories of warriors will be taught to students.

Wing completed his early from Jodhpur.

The chapters also share stories of personalities who brought laurels to the country in education, sports, politics, defence, space and technical occupies the first place while there are stories of brave soldiers, including Havildar Peeru Singh, and Bhavani Singh, Mahavir Chakra winner.

Speaking on the new textbooks, for Primary and Secondary said, "We never do politics with education. We have fulfilled our promise to include stories of warriors in school textbooks so that students can draw inspiration."

Meanwhile, two ministers in the state expressed contradictory views on removal of a 'jauhar' picture from English of class VIII. 'Jauhar' is said to be the custom of mass self-immolation by women to avoid capture, enslavement and rape by foreign invaders, when facing certain defeat during a war

While Dotasra said students in the 21st century should be taught stories of Kalpana Chawla, tennis star and others, said that 'jauhar' and 'sati' should not be looked at with only "one perspective as these are two are different things".

"In Chittorgarh, 16,000 women from all castes had sacrificed themselves by committing 'johar', symbolising bravery and valour. This fact can never by ignored, said Khachriyawas.

Dotasra, however, said: "Committing 'sati' is banned in We have removed the 'jauhar' picture and replaced it with fort. Isn't this a matter of pride?" he asked.

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 20:46 IST
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