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Karnataka deleted a chapter on the controversial former Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan in the class 7 curriculum to reduce the content by around 30 percent due to the late reopening of schools due to the ongoing pandemic. The revised grade 1 to 10 curriculum for state schools has been uploaded to the Ministry of State Education Research and Education website reflecting this change.

However, a chapter on the controversial ruler has been retained in the 6th and 10th syllabuses. Defend the Step The director of the Karnataka Textbook Society, Made Gowda, said: “Too much should not be read into rationalizing the curriculum. It was taken into account that the number of school days fell from 220 to 120 days this year due to the late opening of schools. However, Tipu Sultan continues to be taught in grades 6 and 10. “

The Mysore ruler, who lived from 1750 to 1799, is considered controversial because one section considers him the “Tiger of Mysore”, who took over the British for India’s independence, a large number of the majority Hindu community.

Immediately after taking power last year, the state’s BJP government, led by BS Yediyurappa, celebrated the annual “Tipu Jayanti” – the birthday – that the previous Congress government led by Siddaramaiah introduced in 2015.

Congress immediately took the government’s decision to drop the chapter on Tipu Sultan. KPCC President D K Shivakumar said: “Tipu does not belong to any caste or religion. It is part of our national history. BJP tries to twist history for its political purposes. Even President Kovind, when he came to Karnataka, had praised Tipu’s contribution. We will investigate the issue and will not allow the government to rewrite and forge the story. “

However, the move was welcomed by BJP MLA Appachu Ranjan, who wrote to the state government in October last year, demanding that references to Tipu Sultan be removed from the textbooks. “He is a tyrant who was responsible for the Kodavas massacre. Despite so many bad things, he was praised unnecessarily. I am glad that it was at least removed in a textbook. “

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