Karnataka: Should Contain Truth, Not Ideology Says, Mysuru Based Novelist SL Bhyrappa | Mysore News

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MYSURU: Stopping short of castigating the government Basavaraj Bommai for the textbook revision row, Mysuru-based novelist SL Bhyrappa said on Thursday he was against the imposition of any ideology in textbooks. He said textbooks should contain “truth not ideology”.
However, citing opposition to Rangayana manager Addanda C Cariappa for his stance on Mysuru leader Tipu Sultan, Bhyrappa said the government should hold firm.
“Since the director held his ground, the protests died down after a few days,” he said. He said “the same trend has reappeared in another form”. “There is nothing new in these kinds of controversies,” he said.
He also disapproved of writers who have asked for their works to be removed from textbooks, adding: “The house of Minister of Education BC Nagesh has been attacked. Someone is behind these young people. ”
He also hit out at Congress, saying he removed him from the formed NCERT committee because he (Bhyrappa) insisted he only include the truth.
“He wanted to remove lessons like the destruction of the Kashi temple by Aurangzeb. I asked them to explain how the idol of Basavanna ended up inside the mosque. I was removed from the committee,” he said.
‘Emotional stupidity’
Professor S Japhet, former vice-chancellor of Bengaluru City University, said textbooks should be fact-based. “The textbook review board, which is embroiled in the delusion that India is a ‘global guru’ and tries to make society believe that ‘the past is great’, tries hard to portray discrimination in Indian society as a natural phenomenon. The review committee through its chairman Chakrathirtha tries to feed the children with the emotional stupidity of the imaginary Hindu nation like milk mixed with poison. By portraying Basavanna as the reformer of Hinduism, the anti-Vedic truth is obscured,” he said.
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