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Anger Brews Against Anti-Islam Contents In Rajasthan Board’s Class XII Books; JIH Demands FIR Against Publishers

Raheem Khan | India Tomorrow

JAIPUR—Anger is brewing in Rajasthan over the anti-Islamic content in Class XII political science book and guide.

Muslim organizations have staged protests against the author, publisher, and the state secondary board which have prescribed the books for Class XII. Muslim leaders have demanded withdrawing the book from the syllabus besides filing a police case against its writer and publisher.

What is written in the book?

Rajasthan Secondary Education Board, Ajmer, has prescribed political science book for Class XII. Plus Sanjeev Pass Book has also been authorized for the students of Class XII. The book contains derogatory and outrageous remarks against Islam.

On page number 396 of Sanjeev Pass Book, students have been asked: “What they think of Islamic terrorism?”

In the answer column, it is written that “Islamic terrorism is a form of Islam”.

Likewise, on page number 156 of the political science book for Class XII a multiple-choice question asks students to choose one among the four classification of “Islamic terrorism”.

The four choices are:

1. To create an Islamic nation in the world.

2. To resist western enemies with violent means

3. To establish peace in the world

4. To impose Islamic laws and principles in the world

Jamat-e-Islami Hind Rajasthan secretary Nayeem Rabbani said they organized a press conference on March 15 in which we flagged the anti-Islamic content being taught to students of Class XII through books approved by the secondary board.

He said they also met Jaipur police commissioner Anand Srivastav and gave a written application urging him to lodge a case against the accused. 

“We also talked to the owners of Sanjeev Pass Book and protested against the book. We also talked to chief secretary Mahesh Joshi and demanded action against the accused,” Rabbani said.

Social activist Mohsin Rasheed said Police Commissioner has sought a day’s time for action against the accused.

“We have demanded registering an FIR. We have demanded to blacklist 10 writers. Publishers of Sanjeev Pass Book should publicly apologize and withdraw all books from the market,” he said.

Meanwhile, protests were held at Sawai Madhopur and people submitted a memorandum to the district collector and demanded an immediate FIR against the publishers. Protesters also asked the state education minister to step in and take action.

Sensing trouble, the publisher of Sanjeev Pass Book wrote a letter to Rabbani and apologized for the “mistake”. “We regret the remarks published on page number 395. We are sorry if it has hurt your sentiments. Therefore, we apologize for that. We have stopped the sale of this guide,” he said.

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