Kerala government orders probe into ‘controversial’ CD

March 9th, 2009 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, March 9 (IANS) The Kerala government Monday ordered a probe into a controversial educational CD in which two short films upset the Christians here.
Education Minister M.A. Baby said the government has suspended Hindi teacher P.V. Sasidharan who had allegedly circulated the CD as a teaching aid for teachers to enable students learn script writing.

Baby told the reporters that the inquiry will be done by the home and education department.

He said the controversy was needless and the two short films had by mistake crept into the CD, which was distributed at a few places in Trissur district.

He said the Hindi CD titled “Save” was never a teaching aid for the Class 7 students.

“It was prepared by a person called Vinod and he gave the CD to Sasidharan,” Baby said.

The two short films were copied accidentally into the CD and it “was never a part of the teaching aid”, he said.

“Anyway, we have decided to inquire how this happened.”

Various Christian organisations are up in arms because the two short films in the CD, they allege, portrayed Christianity in a poor light.

Father Paul Thelekat, official spokesperson of the Syro Malabar Catholic Church, said the two films were highly objectionable.

Leader of Opposition Oommen Chandy said: “The state government should act strongly by taking appropriate action against those who have done this.”

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