Congress flays deletion of topics from UP board syllabi
Prayagraj (UP), July 24 (IANS): The Congress in Uttar Pradesh on Friday protested against what it dubbed as deliberate and systematic deletions of chapters dealing in freedom struggle and the party’s role in it from the syllabi of Classes 10 and 12 of the Secondary Education Board.
Congress leader Anugrah Narain Singh said: “The deletions effected in Class 12 syllabus clearly has political overtones. Chapters dealing with the freedom movement and the Congress role in it have been cut out. The BJP has no role of its own in the country’s history and, therefore, wants that the new generations should not learn about the Congress contribution as well.”
A Congress delegation submitted a memorandum to UP Eduction Board Secretary Divya Kant Shukla to demand restoration of the deleted chapters and topics.
BJP MP Rita Bahuguna Joshi accused the opposition Congress of “turning every occasion into a political opportunity during the pandemic”.
“The Congress is unnecessarily making an issue out of this. Only some portions have been deleted from the syllabi due to shortening of the academic session due to the nationwide lockdown. People already know about the Congress and the cut in the syllabi is only temporary. The Congress is unnecessarily trying to create a political controversy,” she said. Prof Yogeshwar Tiwari of the History Department in the Allahabad University dubbed the changes made in the syllabi as “unfortunate”. “The history is not of the Congress alone — it is the history of the nation and every student must know about it,” he said.