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Kota (Rajasthan): A private school in Rajasthan’s Kota has found itself in the midst of a controversy over a book that is being used to teach Class 2 students. The issue concerns the use of Urdu language words and names in the book.
It has been claimed that the book is being studied by a majority of non-Muslim students.
As per details available with Times Now, Muslim names like Shanu, Sania, Shireen, Amir and Naseem have been used for story characters in the book apart from general references like Ammi (mother) and Abbu (father).
Parents have complained that their children studying in a private English medium school have started to use words like Abbu and Ammi at home too refer to them and have also started to demand Biryani to eat.
The book named Gulmohar has been produced by a Hyderabad-based publisher.
The parents complained about the book to local Bajrang Dal representatives, who in turn have filed a complaint with the state education department.
The book has been dubbed as an attempt at Islamisation of the school education.
Parents said their children are being forcefully taught the chapter which talks about Abbu and Ammi and also Biryani.
Parents of Hindu children are reported to have described the book as an attempt to create a gap between their children and the Hindu culture.
The said book has 113 pages and costs Rs 352.
The development has come at a time when there is massive controversy in Jharkhand after over 100 government-run schools in the Muslim-dominated areas in the state’s Jamtara district shifted the weekly holiday from Sunday to Friday, apparently without seeking permission from the authorities.
Such a development has also been reported from some Muslim-dominated areas in Palamu and Pakur districts of Jharkhand as well.
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