In what can be called as a history shocker, the class VIII history textbooks of Rajasthan have omitted any mention of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru in its chapters. The textbooks do not mention about the first Prime Minister of India at all.
In fact, there is no mention of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination by Nathuram Godse.
Also, in a chapter on national movement, there is no mention of Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu, Madan Mohan Malviya and other freedom fighters. The chapter on post-independent India again has no mention of Nehru.
The book mentions about Rajendra Prasad being the first President of India and talks in detail the contribution of Sardar Patel.
The book has not come in the market but has been uploaded on the website of the Rajasthan Pathya Pustak Mandal, a publishing house of Rajasthan.
Congress has termed this as “next level of saffronisation.”
On being questioned about these omissions, state education minister Vasudev Devnani said that it has nothing to do with state government. It is an autonomous body that has put this curriculum.
Ironically, Vasudev Devnani while speaking on curricular changes has spoken about restructuring textbooks to ensure that “no other Kanhaiya Kumar is born in the state.”