Karnataka Book Controversy: Amidst the ongoing controversy over changes in books in Karnataka, state Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said that the state government is ready to revise books. Talking to a mediaperson in Davangere, the Chief Minister said that he has also spoken to Primary Education Minister BC Nagesh in this regard. He said, ‘The government is ready to make changes in the books. I have spoken to the education minister. We are also ready for suggestions.
Chief Minister Basavaraj said, ‘The government is ready to rectify the mistakes regarding the changes in the books. The details have also been made available on the website of the department. Earlier in the first week of June, the state government announced that it was dissolving the textbook review committee. CM Bommai said that the committee has been dissolved as the work assigned to it is over. He emphasized that the state government is ready for further changes in case of any objectionable content.
Objection raised regarding change in chapter
In fact, many saints and prominent personalities objected to the state government’s move to change a chapter on 12th-century reformist Basavanna. Notably, a section of sages alleged that the teachings of social reformer Basavanna have been distorted through changes made in Kannada and social science books for class 10 students. The saints also accused the review committee of insulting the national anthem of poet Kuvempu. After this the state government had to issue a clarification.
The state government said that the national anthem was not a part of any book. CM Bommai also told that a chapter on the founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda was added to the book.
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