New Delhi: The Government-appointed committee looking into the controversy surrounding political caricatures in the school textbooks has submitted its recommendations. The NCERT panel said that cartoons with negative references to politicians and bureaucrats should be removed from the textbooks.
It found that current textbooks carry too many cartoons of the Nehru-Gandhi family. It says these must be removed as well.
It has recommended the removal or modification of 36 of the 176 cartoons in textbooks for classes 9-12.
The six-member committee headed by ICSSR chief SK Thorat was set up by the HRD Ministry last month after a school textbook featuring a cartoon sketch of Dr BR Ambedkar created an uproar in Parliament.
The NCERT’s curriculum advisors Yogendra Yadav and Suhas Palshikar, who had approved the cartoon, had stepped down after the row.
Palshikar had been attacked by miscreants. The Thorat Committee's recommendations have now been sent to the NCERT.
The committee examined cartoons, illustrations and other contents in the 6 political science and social science textbooks.