NCERT needs slain Maoist to explain democracy to Class X students!

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 May 2017 10:32:25

By Kartik Lokhande,

A shocking fact has come to fore that a Class X textbook published by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) carries two pages ‘discussing’ the thoughts of slain Maoist terrorist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji, and that too, on democracy. This indicates how deep have the Maoist sympathisers and propagandists have infiltrated the national academic institutions like NCERT. This also indicates how thoughtlessly and casually textbooks are prepared.

The said two pages constitute a part of Chapter 6 on ‘Political Parties’ in Class X book of Social Science titled ‘Democratic Politics-II -- Textbook in Political Science for Class X’. Originally, the textbook was published in March 2007 and it was reprinted every subsequent year. Currently also the book is prescribed for Class X of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas etc. Also, the book is available on the website of NCERT as well as on the Government website

The saddest part of the story is that whenever the contents of the book were revised, none of the Government agencies ever bothered to scrutinise it.
The Maoist terrorist leader Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji was killed in an encounter with the joint forces in West Midnapore district of West Bengal in November 2011. He was known for his brutal tactics and unleashing a reign of terror in Junglemahal area of West Bengal.

However, notwithstanding his involvement in anti-national and terrorist acts and association with banned organisation Communist Party of India (Maoist), NCERT textbook-setters appear to have found a ‘democratic thinker’ in him.

Quoting Kishenji under the title ‘A moral force in politics?’, the said NCERT textbook describes the subscriber of anti-democracy and violent ideology of Maoist in following words: ‘Kishenji, who was regarded as a friend, political philosopher and moral guide by all the movement groups in the country.’ Though the textbook-setters smartly concealed his Maoist identity, they planted a question for students to think over: ‘What did Kishenji mean by an alternative political formation?’ The entire narrative on page number 76 revolves around Kishenji’s ideas.

Read this: “His argument was simple yet powerful. Movements focused on a single issue are suitable as long as we wish to achieve limited changes in a particular aspect of life. But if we wish to bring about a fundamental social transformation, or basic change even in one aspect of life, we would need a political organisation. People’s movement must establish a new political formation to act as a moral force in politics. This was an urgent task, he said, because all the existing political parties had become irrelevant for social transformation.” Not only this, but the said page also carries an image with the Maoist slogan ‘Jal, Jungle, Aur Zameen, Ho Janata Ke Adheen’.

Shockingly, the NCERT textbook quotes images from organisations that have been under watch of the Government agencies. For instance, NCERT quotes several images attributed to Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD). In December 2016, Union Ministry of Home Affairs cancelled the foreign funding licence of ANHAD following ‘adverse reports’.