India: Intolerance in education? Rajasthan edu board to remove works of Urdu writers from curriculum

The state government of Rajasthan, led by Vasundhara Raje, has decided to remove poems and short stories by Urdu writers Ismat Chugtai and Safdar Hashmi from the Hindi textbooks.

According to media reports, short stories like ‘Ek din ki badshahat’ and ‘Ajmer ki sair’ will be omitted from Class 5 books. Similarly, ‘Haleem chala chand par’ and ‘Soot ka reshma’ from Class 4 books and ‘Chand ke khatir’ from Class 3 books, will be removed.

On 24 August, the government had ordered changing of curriculum from Class 1 to Class 8 to promote ‘local cultural practices and beliefs’.

“These chapters and poems were loaded with Urdu words which we believe are difficult for a majority of students to comprehend. Besides, they were highlighting practices of a particular community which is against our guidelines for redoing of textbooks,” a member of textbook redoing committee told TOI.

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