New Delhi: NewsX has accessed a scathing report prepared by a three member committee set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) that questions an UPA era grant given to Teesta Setalvad’s trust for the publication of National Council Of Educational Research And Training (NCERT) textbooks for class 5 and 6.
According to the report accessed by NewsX, Teesta run trust was not even eligible for the grant of funds. In fact, it further states that the NCERT had not recommended releasing the funds to the trust as per its report which was place before the GIAC.
Teesta Setalvad was granted the sum of Rs 1.4 crore by the UPA, overlooking red flags raised by the NCERT. What’s more, the grant was given to Teesta NGO despite objections from the NCERT.
Most significantly the report said, the material published by Teesta run trust contains inflammable writings and explosive literature which reflects hatred and venom, thereby falling fairly and squarely under section 153 A, 153 B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Five key findings:
  • UPA granted public funds to Teesta even though trust was ineligible.
  • HRD Ministry overlooked NCERT’s objections and released funds. 
  • Textbooks prepared by Teesta’s trust promoted hatred and venom. 
  • Teesta could be booked for promoting enmity between groups on religious grounds. 
  • Teesta is also indicted for assertions prejudicial to national integration. 
Here’s what Javed Anand of Teesta’s Sabrang trust, while refuting the charges has said:
  • We are yet to see the report prepared by MHRD.
  • Media unwilling to share the report with us.
  • We wonder whether NewsX has seen full report.
  • Another Ministry tasked to malign Sabrang and hound Teesta. 
Speaking to NewsX on this issue, BJP’s Subramanian Swamy said that it proves that Teesta worked for someone. Her masters must be exposed.
Daring the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to probe the report, Congress said, “Probe MHRD report if its dubious.”