New Delhi, May 11: A Rajasthan Class 8 reference book described the freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak as the ‘ father of terrorism’.
The book by Mathura-based publisher being used by private English-medium schools affiliated to the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) as well as Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
According to Hindustan Times, as the Rajasthan board book is published in Hindi, which forces English medium school students to use the reference books.
Terming Tilak, the book, on page 267 in chapter 22 under the heading ‘Incidents of National Movement during Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century’, states, “Tilak demonstrated a path towards national movement, therefore, he is called as the father of terrorism.”
“He 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 British,” the book reads.
A principal of an Ajmer school, in which students uses the book, stated he was not aware of the matter as he had joined a few days back only, but promised action after looking into it.
Meanwhile, an official of the Student Advisor Publication Private Limited, which publishes the book, said the reference book is strictly as per the norms provided by the board.
Reacting to the incident, the historians stated it is derogatory to call Tilak the father of terrorism.
“Tilak is one of the greatest soldiers of Indian freedom struggle who awakened Indian masses, especially in Maharashtra, to fight against tyrannical British rule,” the Hindustan Times quoted N K Upadhyay, retired professor of history at Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer, as saying.