The chapter on controversial 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan and his father Haider Ali are amongst these which have been dropped from the category 7 social science textbook, following the Karnataka authorities’s resolution to scale back the 2020-21 syllabi because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nonetheless, the chapters on Tipu Sultan have been retained within the class 6 and 10 books, official sources advised information company Press Belief of India.
In response to information company PTI, the revised syllabus uploaded on the Karnataka Textual content E-book Society (KTBS) web site reveals that at school 7, social science textual content, chapter 5 that offers with Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, Historic locations of Mysore, and Administration of Commissioners have been dropped.
The Division of Public Directions determined to scale back the syllabus for the yr 2020-21 in view of the pandemic and disruption within the educational calendar for the yr, that has been introduced right down to 120 working days.
Responding to a query on dropping the chapter at school 7, officers mentioned it ought to be famous that the scholars examine about Tipu Sultan from lessons 6 and 10.
A few months in the past, amid the rising clamour from some BJP leaders to take away a chapter within the textbook glorifying Tipu Sultan, the federal government had constituted an knowledgeable committee to look into it.
The committee nevertheless had really useful that the ruler can’t be ignored from the college syllabus.
Commenting on the event, Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar mentioned that the BJP authorities was taking such choices with a political agenda in thoughts.
Declaring that Tipu Sultan was a historic determine, Mr Shivakumar had mentioned “Historical past is historical past…you can’t change historical past. We is not going to settle for it. Congress will take it critically by establishing a committee to look into it.”
Quickly after coming to energy, the BJP authorities in Karnataka had scrapped the beginning anniversary celebrations of Tipu Sultan, an annual authorities occasion the celebration had been opposing since 2015 when it was launched throughout the Congress rule, led by Siddaramaiah.
The BJP and another organisations have been strongly opposing Tipu Sultan, calling the erstwhile Mysore king a “non secular bigot”.
Tipu Sultan was thought of an implacable enemy of the British East India Firm. He was killed in Might 1799 whereas defending his fort at Srirangapatnam towards the British forces.
Tipu Sultan, nevertheless, is a controversial determine in Kodagu district as Kodavas (Coorgis), a martial race, consider that hundreds of their women and men had been held captive throughout his occupation and subjected to torture, demise and forcible conversion to Islam.
He was additionally accused of execution of Mandyam Iyengars on the temple city of Melkote in Mandya district on the day of Deepawali as they supported the then Maharaja of Mysuru.
Nonetheless, the dimensions of such suppression is disputed by a number of historians, as they see Tipu Sultan as a ruler who took on the may of the British.
Whereas BJP and another organisations see Tipu Sultan as a “non secular bigot” and a “brutal killer”, a number of Kannada outfits name him “anti-Kannada”, saying he had promoted Persian at the price of the native language.
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