India Rajasthan: Class 8 book calls Bal Gangadhar Tilak 'father of terrorism'

12:25  12 may  2018
12:25  12 may  2018 Source:   ibtimes.co.in

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Tilak was born into a cultured middle- class Brahman family. Although his birth place was Bombay (Mumbai), he was raised in a village along the Arabian Sea coast in what is now Maharashtra state until the age of 10, when his father , an educator and Indian Child - Biography of Bal Gangadhar Tilak .

Bal Gangadhar Tilak . Bal Gangadhar Tilak (29th Couplet) Described by British as "The Father of Indian Unrest " Tilak was born on 23.07.1856. His slogan, "Swaraj (Self Rule) is my birthright", inspired millions of Indians.

a group of people around each other: Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot © MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot

A controversial Class 8 social studies reference book has raised eyebrows after a chapter in it described freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak as the "father of terrorism."

The book is published by a Mathura-based publisher, which is affiliated to Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE). The book is used by several private English-medium schools. "Tilak demonstrated a path towards national movement, therefore, he is called as the father of terrorism," a passage from page 267 of chapter 22 read, ANI reported.

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak As PDF. While Gandhi fondly administered the title of ‘Maker of Modern India’ on Tilak , the British labelled him as the ‘ Father of Indian Unrest’. He was prosecuted on charges of sedition and inciting terrorism and was sentenced to jail for a period of six years.

370 Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak ; The Father of the Indian National Movement. Also called “The founder of militant Nationalism in India”. (23.07.1856 – 01.08.1920). He was born on 23rd July 1856 in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India in a Chitpavan Brahmin family.

However, the chapter titled "Incidents of National Movement during 18th and 19th century" also 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."

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The officials from the Student Advisor Publication Private Limited, who are responsible for publishing the book, have claimed that they have corrected the passage in the revised edition last month. The publisher's office also added that the mistake happened during the translation process, Press Trust of India reported.

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak was popularly called as Lokmanya (Beloved of the people). His father Gangadhar Ramachandra Tilak was a Sanskrit scholar and a famous teacher. In 1877, Bal Gangadhar Tilak got his B.A. degree with a first class in mathematics.

He had imbibed values, cultures and intelligence from his father Gangadhar Ramchandra Tilak who was a Sanskrit scholar and a famous teacher. At the age of 10, Bal Gangadhar went to Pune with his family as his father was transferred.

"Describing Tilak as the "father of terrorism" is highly condemnable. Before writing or making such controversial changes in texts, one should consult with the historians first," Kailash Sharma, the Private School Association director was quoted as saying by ANI.

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction over the text in the class 8 book. He uploaded a photo of the controversial text and took potshots at the BJP by saying "so much for a self-proclaiming "nationalist" BJP government."

"It is very unfortunate that syllabus in school books is being misrepresented damaging the image of freedom fighters. The same BJP government earlier tried to delete chapter on first prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru from school books and then retracted when Congress opposed it aggressively," Pilot was quoted as saying by DNA.

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