The government has twisted school textbooks into propaganda arsenals, 85 eminent individuals and professionals alleged today in a joint condemnation statement.
It is a planned move done very carefully to turn the country communal, they alleged, claiming that the changes prove the government’s compromise with communal quarters.
Claiming there is a political motive behind the changes, they said discrimination and divide have been upheld between man and woman through the “disgusting mistakes”.
“Our children have to be enlightened with the culture of non-communalism, but the government is hindering the path by including reactionary, narrow-minded and communalist elements in the textbooks, they said.
They said the terrified emergence of militancy in the country is not possible to be curbed only by the law enforcement agencies without waging social and cultural movement.
“But the government is nurturing communalism in the textbooks which enter the children’s minds and spread throughout their sense like a poison of discrimination,” they said.
The government is frequently calling upon all to build the next generation in line with the spirit of the Liberation War, but it has backpedaled, they said.
They also demand withdrawal of the book and punishment of the responsible persons “behind the intentional discriminatory changes” through a thorough investigation.