Karnataka govt to remove textbook content that hurt feelings of Brahmins – education
The Karnataka government has ordered the removal of the contents of class 6 social science textbooks after the Brahmin Development Board complained that it was an “insult” to the Brahmin community.
The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, S Suresh Kumar, in a note to the senior officials of his department, has also ordered the formation of a committee that includes teachers and experts to examine such content in the textbooks of social sciences and language from classes 1 to 10, and submit a report in 15 days to take the necessary action.
The move came after a delegation from the Brahmin Development Board submitted a petition to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in this regard and said that this content was “insulting” to the Brahmin community.
Suresh Kumar, in a Facebook post, clarified that the seer of the mutt Mantralaya had telephoned him to inform him about the sentiments of the Brahmin community and clarified that the revision of the textbook or the addition of a new chapter has not taken place after that the current government came to power.
“I have promised the seer that the mistake that has taken place in the past and that has come to light now will be rectified immediately,” he said.
While citing the reasons for the birth of new religions, the content of the class 6 social science textbook states that Sanskrit was the language of the priests and that the common man could not understand it, the minister said in his note.
According to the textbook, there was a shortage of food because ‘homa’ and ‘havana’ (fire rituals) were performed by offering large amounts of cereals, milk, ghee and other materials.
Slaughtering animals that were useful to farmers in cultivation has also been said to have contributed to this, he noted.
Also highlighting similar portions, Suresh Kumar in his note said that the opinion of the majority of the people is that such content was unnecessary and was above the standard of the students of the age group to which it was taught.
Such provocative content will not only cause confusion in society, but will also hurt the feelings of people in certain sectors of the community or society, he added.