Karnataka, Bangalore News Live Updates Today: In a series of tweets, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday criticized the BJP government in Karnataka for the textbook controversy and said that the “saffronization” of textbooks is an insult to India’s diversity. A controversy has erupted in Karnataka over the alleged inclusion of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology in school textbooks. Some Kannada writers, including Professor S. G. Siddaramaiah and Devnoor Mahadev, have called for their works to be removed from the textbooks, apparently to protest the inclusion of a speech by RSS founder KB Hedgewar and the exclusion of works by social reformers like Narayan Guru, among others.
Basavaraj Bommai, Chief Minister of Karnataka dissolved controversial textbook review committee and said the government was prepared to review the content of the textbooks if people objected to the changes introduced by the panel. Bommai’s decision came after the state’s primary and secondary education minister, BC Nagesh, submitted a report to the committee. Bommai said the committee was disbanded as its work was completed.
Security has been tightened in Srirangapatna, the former capital of 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan in the district, following Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)’s call to perform a puja at the Jamia Mosque, claiming it was built after razing a Hanuman temple. Prohibition orders were imposed in the temple city under Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent any demonstrations or processions from taking place.