Bal Gangadhar Tilak is ‘Father of Terrorism’? Says Class 8 Textbook

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A Class 8 reference book described freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak as the
A Class 8 reference book described freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak as the "Father of Terrorism". The statement irked Indians and they are expressing their outrage on social media, here are selective trending tweets/reactions on #BalGangadharTilak .

In what appears to be a case of poor choice of words, a Class 8 reference book described freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak as the “Father of Terrorism”. he book has been published by a Mathura-based publisher. The private English-medium schools affiliated to the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) are using it.

The Rajasthan State Textbook Board publishes books in Hindi, leaving students no other option but to use reference books. The book is used at several private English-medium schools that are affiliated to the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE). The following claims were mentioned in a part of sub-topic under ‘Incidents of National Movement during 18th and 19th century’.

The statement that irked the sentiments of the people read-
Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Bal Gangadhar Tilak

“Tilak demonstrated a path towards national movement; therefore, he is called as the father of terrorism”. The line is published under chapter 22 on page number 267. The book reads, “Tilak clearly believed that we cannot achieve anything just by pleading the British officers. Through Shivaji and Ganpati festivals, Tilak aroused unique awareness in the country. He instilled the mantra of freedom among the masses, due to which he became a thorn in the eyes of the British.”

Officials at the Student Advisor Publication Private Limited, which publishes the book, said the mistake had been rectified in the revised edition. The translators made the mistake. It had come to our notice and was corrected in the revised edition last month. The first edition was published last year, Rajpal Singh, a production official at the publisher’s office, told PTI.

The statement irked Indians and they are expressing their outrage on social media, here are selective trending tweets/reactions on #BalGangadharTilak
Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Bal Gangadhar Tilak

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