The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) revised a chapter in its class XII political science textbook to remove a paragraph on separatist politics in Jammu and Kashmir.
NCERT has revised the chapter of the Handbook “Politics in India since Independence” for the 2020-21 academic session. While the topic “Separatism and beyond” has been deleted from the chapter, the deletion of Article 370, which gave the former state of Jammu and Kashmir special status, has been included under the topic “Aspirations. regional ”.
On August 5 last year, the Center abolished the state’s special status and divided it into the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “A group of separatists who want a separate Kashmiri nation, independent of India and Pakistan.
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The revised part, where the chapter talks about Jammu and Kashmir, says: “Jammu and Kashmir had special status under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. However, despite this, the region has experienced violence, cross-border terrorism and political instability with internal and external ramifications ”. “The article resulted in the loss of many lives, including those of innocent civilians, security personnel and activists.
The revised manual takes into account developments in Jammu and Kashmir from 2002. Earlier this month, a controversy erupted over the downsizing of the program by the CBSE due to the COVID-19 situation. , the opposition alleging that chapters on democracy and plurality in India were “dropped” to propagate a particular ideology.
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