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-
“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
So, a class 8 book describes #BalGangadharTilak “Father of Terrorism” we should blame perfectly distorted fact & curriculum for our youth’s lack of knowledge of history.
This typological error hurts the sentiments of people ofcourse.
— Shalini Negi (@negishalini20) May 12, 2018
This is what young kids reading now a days Bal Gangadhar Tilak as “father of Terrorism “.
Is it deliberate or intentional must be investigated and action must be taken against those who wrote to the book as well as publishers. @VasundharaBJP https://t.co/afQaMBkUGG
— KamalLochan (@Kamallochan1982) May 11, 2018
If same mistake was done to Ambedkar all political parties would have created ruckus all channels would have covered this news extensively
— Vikram.Rau (@vikramr455) May 12, 2018
He was the real game changer
His entire life sacrificed for nation
Britishers said he was the father of unrest
But Indians keep doing it.
— Harish Puttu (@harish_puttu) May 12, 2018
Strongly condemn this interpretation!
Pathetic days are going through.. distortion of a meaningful past; in a dubious effort of few selfish, to create tomorrow’s uncertainties.
— Burny Johnson (@Burnyjohnson) May 12, 2018
Obviously the author had poor command of English language. Reading the entire piece in entirety doesn’t give any idea that he meant to disparage the great patriot & freedom fighter. The boards must ensure that the books are properly edited
— Rakesh Chadha (@chadharakeshk) May 12, 2018
Please don’t create an issue where none exists by taking one word. It is clearly a misprint or some fool has edited the book. Previous 4 sentences praise Tilak. Please stop misleading people and diverting them from real issues.
— बात भारतकी (@BharatNiwasee) May 11, 2018
See how a Class 8 book describes Bal Gangadhar Tilak “father of terrorism”
This is why we can’t blame the youth of today for their lack of knowledge of history.
A perfectly distorted fact & curriculum.🤦♀️
It’s also a basic right to know the real Indian History.😔pic.twitter.com/k16EVEL17N
— Anu Tomar (@iam_anu12) May 12, 2018
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