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'Jauhar' textbook row reaches Rajasthan CM's office

IANS  |  Jaipur 

The controversy over the removal of a picture of 'jauhar' or by women from class VIII textbooks on Saturday reached the Chief Minister's Office with two ministers locking horns on the issue.

Sources said the Chief Minister's Office is looking into the issue.

Soon after the removal of the 'jauhar' picture from class VIII textbooks, and candidate from Chittorgarh had come out strongly against raising questions on the removal of the picture.

'Jauhar' is said to be the historic custom of mass by women to avoid capture, enslavement and rape by foreign invaders when facing certain defeat during war. Some associate it with Rajput pride and honour.

Meanwhile, Dotasra speaking to IANS said that the picture did not match with the text of a poem in the textbooks which had left students confused.

"There was no such caption mentioning that it was a 'jauhar' picture as it depicted some 15-20 women engulfed in fire. Hence the review committee set by our department advised for the removal of the same. Had it been captioned 'practising Jauhar', we would have never removed it. In fact, the chapters on have been retained in the textbooks of other classes," he added.

Earlier, Dotasra had said that since the similar practice of Sati was banned, so such pictures can be shown to 21st century students, rather they should be taught stories of Kalpana Chawla, tennis star and other public figures.

Sources confirmed that Khachariyawas and Idawa have complained to and Deputy in this context.

Khachariyawas said there is a difference between 'Sati' and 'Jauhar', adding history cannot be changed on the basis of what a minister says while Idawa demanded that 'jauhar' should again be accommodated in the syllabus.

Dotasra in February had formed two committees to review the syllabus of board textbooks. The committee removed the 'jauhar' picture from class VIII textbooks, besides removing the prefix 'Veer' in Veer Savarkar and dropping the suffix 'Great' from Maharana Pratap's name.

Meanwhile, and grandson of former Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Abhimanyu Singh Rajvi, said the Congress government has brought "dishonour" to Rajputs by removing the 'jauhar' picture and changing the references to Maharana Pratap and Veer Savarkar.

"The Congress ideology prefers vote banks and policy of appeasement. By changing the syllabus and removing the glory of Rajputs, they have insulted the community," he said.

Rajvi said the Minister who himself doesn't know if Maharana Pratap was 'Great' or not does not deserve to be

--IANS

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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 22:48 IST
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