Slander against RSS removed from Tamilnadu School Text-Book.

via Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Chennai published on November 18, 2005

A Heartening Precedence


It is a case of a history text-book making history of sorts. Tamilnadu state government did what no authority has done so far in free Bharat. Its education secretary has ordered removal of an offending reference to RSS obviously bowing to representations from Sangh.

In lesson 19 in the 12th Standard History text book (published by the Directorate of School Education, Tamilnadu) under the heading ‘IndiaAfter Independence’, it was mentioned that ‘The most important event after Independence was the murder of Gandhi by a Hindu fanatic and a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Nathuram Vinayak Godse’.

The R.S.S held protest demonstrations throughout Tamilnadu demanding the removal of the blatant falsehood that Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse was a member of that organisation. Petitions were sent to various authorities including the Prime Minister. A team comprising of Sri.U.Sundar, the Prant Pracharak of RSS Uttar Tamilnadu, Sri.K.N.Lakshmanan,BJP MLA, and Sri. S. Srinivasan, advocate of the Madras High Court, met the Director of School Education, Tamilnadu, and presented a petition demanding removal of the offending portion from the text-book. Sri.H.Raja, BJP MLA from Karaikudi, filed a case against Professor Mangala Murugesan who was instrumental in the preparation of this text-book.

A petition was also filed by Sri. R.V.S.Marimuthu, Sanghachalak of Samyuktha Tamilnadu in the Madras High Court. The Honourable Court issued notices to the Director of School Education and the Tamilnadu Government.

Meanwhile Smt.Girija Vaidyanathan, Secretary in the Department of School Education has issued an order (Letter (MS) no 187, School Education dated 3.10.05) directing the Director of School Education to remove the offending portion immediately. As per the order it has been directed to remove the offending portion as above and in its place include only that ‘The most important event after the Independence was the murder of Gandhi by Nathuram Vinayak Godse’.

It has become a practice for vested interests to spread false and malicious propaganda against the RSS. But it is heartening to note that RSS has been confronting them by democratic protests and achieving victory in every instance.

A statement welcoming the action of the Tamilnadu government in removing the offending portion was issued by Sri R.V.S. Marimuthu, Tamilnadu Sanghachalak. He has also demanded that relevant order has to be properly implemented by the concerned Government officials.

Similar action as in the case of the RSS has to be taken in respect of the portions in the same text-book describing Freedom Fighters and Patriots like Veerapandia Kattabomman, Mahkavi Subramania Bharathi, Bala Gangadhar Tilak and Bhagat Singh as terrorists. These portions have also to be removed forthwith. The Government has to take action against persons like Mangala Murugesan who are bent upon injecting poison in the minds of young and impressionable minds. Then only the future generation can be saved from such mischief-mongers.

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