RSS founder’s speech now part of Kannada textbook

As a clear sign that the Hindutva ideology is entering the school curriculum in Karnataka, the state government has adopted the speech of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar as one of the lessons in class X Kannada (first language, state curriculum) from 2022 -23 school year.

The text of Hedgewar’s speech was recommended to be included in the syllabus by the Textbook Revision Committee, led by author Rohith Chakrateertha.

The lesson is entitled “Nijvada Adarsha Purusha Yaraagabeku?” (Who should be the real role model?). It is number 5 in the Kannada Prose Textbook, which is now being printed. The committee had submitted its final report to the government in March.

Lankesh lost

From the non-detailed Kannada text, lessons learned include those of the well-known author and journalist P. Lankesh’s “Mruga Mattu Sundari” and the left-wing thinker G. Ramakrishna’s “Bhagat Singh”. Instead, author Shivananda Kalave’s “Swadeshi Sutrada Sarala Habba” and M. Govinda Pais’ “Naanu Prasa Bitta Kathe” have been added.

Among the lessons learned in the detailed text are Sara Aboobacker’s “Yuddha”, AN Murthy Rao’s “Vyaghra Kathe” and Shivakotyacharya’s “Sukumara Swamy Kathe”. Inclusions in this section include the Vedic scholar Bannanje Govindacharya’s “Sukanashana Upadesha” and Shatavadhani R. Ganesh’s “Shrestha Bharatiya Chintanegalu”.

“As a writer”

He insisted it was not an ideological imposition, Chakrateertha said Hindus: “There was no pressure from any political party or organization. This does not impose on students the ideology of any organization. We have chosen Hedgewar as the author and not on the basis of his ideology or organization.”

BC Nagesh, minister, primary and secondary education, also insisted that there was “nothing offensive” in the inclusions and exclusions made in the textbooks, while many progressive writers and activists have protested against what they called attempts to instill Hindu ideology among students. .

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