Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan seeks apology from BJP on derogatory reference to Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Chavan today demanded that the BJP apologise to the country over a mention of Bal Gangadhar Tilak as "Father of Terrorism" in a Class 8 reference book in Rajasthan.

Published: 12th May 2018 07:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2018 07:25 PM   |  A+A-

Congress leader and the former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. (Photo | PTI)


MUMBAI: Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan today demanded that the BJP apologise to the country over a mention of Bal Gangadhar Tilak as "Father of Terrorism" in a Class 8 reference book in Rajasthan.

Printed by a Mathura-based publisher, the book is used by private English-medium schools affiliated to the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE).

"Is the Rajasthan government in its senses?" Chavan said, evoking a famous quote attributed to Tilak who regularly lambasted the British government in his newspaper.

"This is not just an insult of the country but also that of crores of freedom fighters. BJP should apologise to the country," Chavan said.

Tilak lit the fire of Freedom Movement, and "it's condemnable that such a personality is called "Father of Terrorism" in a book for students," the former Maharashtra chief minister said.

"This is a poor attempt to tarnish the image of leaders such as Tilak, Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi," he alleged.

Following the controversy, officials at the Student Advisor Publication Private Limited, which publishes the book, had said yesterday that the mistake was rectified in the revised edition.

"The translators made the mistake. It had come to our notice and was corrected in the revised edition last month," Rajpal Singh, a production official at the publisher's office, told PTI.

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  • Kum

    mr PK Ghoshe, first unread INDIAN History. Donot creat yr own history. There is no trio like Tal-Bal-Pal. It is Lal- Bal-Pal Lala lajpati Rai, Balagangashara Tilak and Bipin Chandra Pal. Hope u nseratoosnthe imp of INDIAN History.
    1 year ago reply

    BJP must take the advises of their senior leaders. existing leaders are not well educated about the india's freedom movements. the some of leaders are having sallow knowledge but they try to show up themselves as wisest men in the country. It is matching the proverb " Empty vessel sound much" today internet facility they can use to know almost all tips & bits of freedom struggle in India. Question whether they really want to up-grade with knowledge or not as they are good student in school or college days, now become "Neta" leader . The basic is very weak. My request to these people know about three brave immoral freedom fighters . they are " Tal-Bal-Pal"
    1 year ago reply
  • badri poondi

    It is difficult in this country to believe if such 'errors' are accidental / unintended or just deliberate tacit attempts to annoy some group.. For it is not unusual for 'leaders' to say things without thought and then escape with a 'sorry' or as wrong reporting. Printers should have checked the details as also the educational institutions that used the book for the children. May be the loud voice of liberty by the late lamented leader was indeed wrongly translated as 'terror' but it ought to have been seen the script went to print. Again, it is not to say that the protesters are great followers of the great freedom fighters in any sense, just it is a handy incident to deride the opponent party. It is better for the parties to really follow the merits of the great patriots rather than just hold on to their names and appellations for purpose of lectures!
    1 year ago reply
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