Congress Saves Article 370 In Rajasthan Text Books

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In a recent move, the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) has revised the syllabus and removed the mention of Article 370 from the secondary level textbook.

The revised chapter on India’s relations with its neighbours (Pakistan, China and Nepal) in Class 12 political science textbook has removed the mention of Article 370, which grants autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, the report by The Wire said.

In the previous textbook, under the headings “Special status of Kashmir” and “Basis for removal of Article 370”, it said, “Article 370 of the Indian constitution has been a subject of controversy since its implementation. Due to this provision, the state of Jammu and Kashmir was given special status but it was completely a temporary arrangement keeping in mind the circumstances during that point. In the past 70 years, almost every government has tried to find a solution to this problem but it couldn’t be solved. The special status of Kashmir has not only helped to preserve the self-interests of its rulers and leaders but also encouraged a feeling of separation.”

The chapter on India’s freedom struggle in Class 10 social science textbook also mentions that only people from prosperous, intellectual and middle-class backgrounds, who couldn’t connect with the masses, were leaders of the Congress in the first phase, the report mentioned.

However, the new textbooks have not eliminated all mentions of the Modi government, several controversial sections have been dropped or rewritten. These include the parts on demonetisation, Vinayak Savarkar, the battle of Haldighati, Article 370, a uniform civil code, the ‘appeasement’ of the minorities, religious conversions and right-wing Hindu nationalist groups, reported The Wire.

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