SRINAGAR: A controversy is raging in Madhya Pardesh over a question that Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) asked candidates appearing for the state civil services preliminary exam on Sunday, June 19, reports appearing in the media said.

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The multiple-option question had one option, asking “whether Kashmir should be handed over to Pakistan”. The question has gone viral on social media.

“The multiple-choice question asked whether it should be done as it will save India a lot of money or it should not because it will encourage secession,” Hindustan Times reported. “HT has seen a copy of the question paper.”

The questions that were asked to the examinees had four answer options followed by two arguments. “The question was, should India decide to give Kashmir to Pakistan? Argument 1: yes, this will save a lot of money for India; argument 2: no, such a decision will increase such demands,” news gatherer IANS reported. “The four answer options were – (A) argument 1 strong, (B) argument 2 strong, (C) argument 1 and 2 both strong, (D) argument 1 and 2 both not strong.”

An examinee told the newspaper that the answer was obvious. “But we did not understand the reason behind asking this question,” he has said.

Congress has added to the controversy. Ajay Yadav, its leader, has hit out at the government saying “even thinking about handing over Kashmir to Pakistan is objectionable”. He has demanded action against the person who set the paper.

“The context of asking a disputed question related to Kashmir in MPPSC examination is objectionable. The paper setters who asked the controversial question were from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra,” MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra was quoted having said. “They have been debarred by the PSC from preparing question papers in future.”


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