Opposition seek governor’s intervention over text book

August 31st, 2008 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 31 (IANS) The Congress-led opposition in Kerala Sunday said it was seeking Governor R.S. Gavai’s intervention after the government failed to revise a text book critics say is “anti-religion”.Speaking to reporters here, state Congress president Ramesh Chennithala said they would come out with a new publication on Sep 5, Teachers’ Day.

“It has been called ‘Padapusthakam Panipurayil’ and will include the final report of the (Congress-appointed) Text Book committee led by historian M.G.S. Narayanan. The publication will also include letters that Narayanan received after he was appointed by us,” said Chennithala.

The text book, according to the Congress and the Muslim and Christian communities, is “anti-religion” and promotes Communist ideology while distorting national history.

The government has appointed a committee led by historian K.N. Panicker to study the criticism.

“We will apprise the governor of the seriousness of the issue and request him to intervene,” said Chennithala.

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