Panaji, July 26 : The National Student’s Union of India (NSUI), the Congress’s student wing claimed that a photograph of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru has been replaced by that of pro-Hindutva activist and RSS co-founder Vinayak Savarkar in Class X social science textbooks in Goa.
State NSUI president Ahraz Mulla has accused the “Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to impose a right-wing ideology in the minds of people.”
The Congress’ student wing chief Ahraz Mulla said the student body will meet Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to address their concern.
The Class 10 textbook titled “India and the Contemporary World II – Democratic Politics” contained a photograph of Nehru, which has been replaced with a coloured photo of Savarkar.
Mulla said Savarkar has been identified as a revolutionary in the book. He said that a caption with the photograph reads: “In 1904, one of the prominent revolutionaries, who had the experience of revolutionary activity in India, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (popularly known as) (Swatantraveer Savarkar) founded Abhinav Bharat to guide the revolutionaries.”
“The BJP has been trying to put Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology in our minds, ever since they’ve come to power in Goa,” NSUI chief Ahraz Mulla told ANI.
He argued that”Tomorrow, they’ll (BJP) remove the photo of Mahatma Gandhi and question us what the Congress has done in 60 years. We’ll meet Goa CM (Parrikar), but if he also follows RSS ideology and doesn’t put Jawaharlal Nehru’s photograph back, we will take to the streets and protest,” he said.