Kishanganj (Bihar): Identifying Kashmir as a separate country, a question on an English test given to class 7 students at a school in Kishanganj, Bihar, caused a significant uproar in the nation on Wednesday.
Students were asked in the exam what the inhabitants of five nations are called: China, Nepal, England, Kashmir, and India.
As the BJP harshly denounced the oversight and charged the Nitish Kumar-led Grand Alliance government with appeasement tactics, the situation quickly took on a political hue.
“This is an attempt to give air to the politics of appeasement of the Mahagathbandhan. There is an attempt to show Kashmir and India apart in the minds of children. It is not a mistake, it is part of Nitish Kumar’s conspiracy to gain political traction before the upcoming elections,” BJP District President Sushant Gope said.
However, school authorities defended themselves by clarifying that the question paper was not set by them but by the Bihar Education Board. Apparently, the original question was supposed to be “What are people from Kashmir called?”, but what came out in the question paper was a printing mistake.
Notably, this is not the first time that such a question has been asked in an exam, a similar matter came to light in 2017 when the same question was asked in another school exam.