The Kerala High Court on Thursday asked the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to consider a representation of the Kochi Sree Narayana Club seeking a directive to remove the objectionable content against Sree Narayana Guru in the history textbook for standard VIII CBSE students.
Justice T R Ramachandran Nair issued the directive while considering a petition filed by advocate Jaju Babu, a member of Kochi Sree Narayana Club. He submitted that the textbook published by the NCERT, contains an incorrect and irresponsible statement about Sree Narayana Guru.
The court said that the decision would be taken expeditiously in the light of the objections raised by the petitioner and if necessary by hearing him personally.
The petitioner will forward the relevant materials to substantiate his contentions and the decision should be taken by the NCERT within six weeks.
According to the petitioner, the section in the book distorts the entire nobility of his personality and added that it is shocking to note that Sree Narayana Guru who gave the message ‘one caste, one religion and one God for man kind’ is depicted as a person who proclaimed the ideals of unity of people within a sect.