After UP, Madhya Pradesh Includes Veer Savarkar's Biography In School Syllabus
The Education Department of Madhya Pradesh has followed in the footsteps of Uttar Pradesh by incorporating Veer Savarkar's biography into the school syllabus. This decision makes the biography a mandatory component of the curriculum to be taught by teachers. While announcing this move, Madhya Pradesh's School Education Minister, Inder Singh Parma, criticized previous governments for neglecting to include "true revolutionaries of India" in the country's syllabus. According to a report by news agency ANI, the Madhya Pradesh curriculum will now include not only Veer Savarkar but also other revolutionaries such as Bhagavad Gita Sandesh, Lord Parshuram, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, and more.
Expressing his views, Education Minister Indra Singh Parma stated that Veer Savarkar is one of the revolutionaries who served two prison terms during his lifetime. He added that Veer Savarkar was the first person to refer to the 1857 movement as the "freedom struggle," instead of the term "Ghadar," which was commonly used at that time. The Education Minister emphasized that Veer Savarkar made an invaluable contribution to India's independence, and society should recognize him for that. He expressed regret that the great Indian revolutionaries were not given their due place in history, while foreign invaders were lauded in literature.
Continuing his remarks, the Minister mentioned that the National Education Policy 2020 is focused on an India-centric education model. He stated that those who work for the country's benefit will become heroes in the eyes of the nation, and students will learn about these personalities through their curriculum. The Minister further stated that the recent revision of the books will introduce new personalities into the state syllabus.
However, Minister Parma's comments have drawn criticism from other political parties. Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA Arif Masood expressed his disappointment with the party's decision to include Savarkar in the syllabus. The MLA further argued that Veer Savarkar had apologized to the British, and including him in the syllabus would be an insult to other freedom fighters of the country.