Lalu Prasad Yadav loses place in Bihar textbooks

January 10th, 2008 - 9:47 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi/Patna, Jan. 10 (ANI): Nitish Kumar-led State governments latest decision to remove the chapter on former chief minister of Bihar Lalu Prasad Yadav from school textbooks is expected to become controversial.
The State education department has decided to exclude the chapter Mitti ke Gaurav (the pride of soil) dedicated to the biographical details of three former chief ministers of Bihar– Lalu Prasad Yadav, Bhola Paswan Shastri and Karpoori Thakur.
The chapter narrates how these leaders rose to become chief ministers of the State. It was incorporated as part of the Hindi prose textbook Gadya Sopan in 1994 and was originally written by Harivansh Narayan, a Bihar Administrative Service officer.
Narayan is believed to have had close access to Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Meanwhile, Bihars Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has supported removal of chapters from school textbooks on the pretext that it is related to biographical details of political leaders who are alive, which is not required for students.
“Mortals should stay away from this type of acquisitiveness. When a man is not alive, then the coming generation will decide whether there was something to learn from his life or not. Those people will decide whether there should be a chapter in the textbooks on that man or not, said Nitish Kumar.
What type of attitude you have that you are alive and a member of the present government but the children are reading your biography. Has the biography been completed? He has not done anything significant.
His ambition to hold the ‘Lathi department’ (stick department) and number one position, has not completed as yet. He has to achieve a lot in his life. But it’s not my decision to remove his chapter from the book. The education department of our government has taken this decision,” said Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar.
Bihars State Minister for Human Resources Development, Brishan Patel, believes the former chief minister is involved in several controversies, and thus, his biography will have wrong impact on children.
“Laluji is involved in a number of controversial issues. What lessons will the children follow, the rail or the jail? I think there are lots of issues associated with his life, which is his biggest minus point. This teaching will lead the children to a wrong way. It is better that Laluji’s biography should not be there in the textbook.
In Patna, however, Lalu Prasad Yadavs party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has called the decision to remove the chapter a politically motivated step.
One of the RJDs members of Parliament Ram Kripal Yadav said that come what may but Lalu Yadavs identity could never be deleted from peoples hearts.
“Leaders like Lalu Prasad are inspirational personalities. The students of Harvard University are coming here to learn from Lalu Prasad. He is famous as Management Guru in the whole world, said Ram Kripal Yadav.
Lalu Prasad has brought so many changes in the society in Bihar and the entire world. These people can remove his name from the books but not from the hearts of people,” he added.
However, many Bihari students have welcomed the Bihar governments decision to remove the chapter on Lalu Prasad Yadav.
“In our book Gadhya Sopan, a chapter Mitti ke Gaurav is there, which has biography of Lalu Yadav. We want that instead of Lalu Prasad, the chapters on the patriots, who sacrificed their lives for the nation should be included in the book” said Arati Kumari, a student in Patna.
The chapter is being replaced with an account of the life of a Dalit reformer Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, though biographical sketches on the other two former State Chief Ministers Karpoori Thakur and Bhola Paswan Shastri have been retained.
The revised edition of the textbooks will be available from the next academic session that starts in April this year. (ANI)

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