K'taka BJP Min Eshwarappa backs up including RSS founder KB Hegdewar's speech in school books

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA KS Eshwarappa on Friday responded to the inclusion of a speech by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar as a lesson in the school books and claimed that the texts were included to introduce the culture of the land and patriotism.

Ktaka BJP Min Eshwarappa backs up including RSS founder KB Hegdewars speech in school books
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Source: ANI

Bengaluru: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA KS Eshwarappa on Friday responded to the inclusion of a speech by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar as a lesson in the school books and claimed that the texts were included to introduce the culture of the land and patriotism.


While hitting out at those who opposed the concept, Eshwarrappa asked if the lesson of Muhammad Ali Jinnah should be included instaed. He said, "Was a lesson on Jinnah should have been included in the syllabus instead of a lesson on a speech made by RSS founder KB Hedgewar? Hedgewar's speech that was included in school textbooks aimed at introducing the culture of the land and patriotism."


Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has appointed the Textbook Revision Committee to review the various school textbooks in the state. 


Earlier, another BJP leader and state Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh backed up the decision of including speech as lesson in textbook. The minister said some are objecting as the speech was made by the RSS founder.


"Hedgewar's speech is about who to idealise. It doesn't say anything about RSS or his own life. No one read the speech. People protesting to protest. Only opposing because Hedgewar said this," said Nagesh.


The decision of adding the RSS founder's speech was critically objected by several organisations such as All-India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO) and All-India Save Education Committee (AISEC).


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