Congress-Led K’taka Govt Implements Textbook Changes, Drops RSS Founder, Reintroduces Ambedkar & Nehru

Bengaluru: The Karnataka Cabinet recently approved revisions to Kannada and social science textbooks in state schools, undoing changes made by the previous BJP government.

The revisions will remove chapters on RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar while introducing content on figures like Savitribai Phule, Chakravarti Sulibele, Jawaharlal Nehru’s letters to Indira Gandhi, and poetry on BR Ambedkar.

The Congress-led government aims to fulfil its election promise by aligning the textbooks with its poll manifesto. The revisions will be implemented as supplementary texts for students in Class VI to Class X.

The state cabinet also made it compulsory for schools and colleges to include the reading of the Constitution’s Preamble alongside regular hymns.

The revisions reflect efforts to address previous controversies regarding the alleged saffronization of textbooks during the BJP government’s tenure.

The cost of the textbook revision is estimated to be around Rs 10 to 12 lakh, and the supplementary texts will be made available to students within ten days.

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