Opposition parties in Maharashtra on Thursday demanded that a Marathi book, recommended to school students for extra-curricular reading, should be withdrawn as it contains a derogatory reference to prince Sambhaji, the eldest son of King Shivaji.
The book has been recommended to students under the Union government's Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme.
Sambhaji Brigade, a Maratha organisation, submitted a written complaint to the state education commissioner Thursday, claiming that the book makes unsubstantiated and derogatory claims about Sambhaji.
The government should "apologise to the people of Maharashtra" for recommending such a book, Chavan said.
Education department officials could not be reached for comments on the issue.
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