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Joshi negates allegations of saffronisation

Tuesday 25 May 2004

ALLAHABAD: Lashing out at his critics who accused him of saffronising education system, senior BJP leader and former HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi has said he undertook revamp and modernisation of education to suit national interests.

"The education system had been revamped and modernised by incorporating human values, the duties of the citizens towards the nation, awareness about ecology and inclusion of the ethos of sarv dharma sambhav ," he told reporters at his residence on Monday night.

Rubbishing allegations on saffronisation, Joshi said the accusations were misplaced as modernisation of the national curriculum, introduction of astrology as a subject in the universities and steps taken for minority education had from time to time passed the scrutiny of the judiciary.

The former minister also took a swipe at his critics for charging him with tinkering with the NCERT books, particularly history, and said "correct inputs" were incorporated in the history books so that the students got to know "the correct history of the country since the ancient times."

Referring to the hue and cry over the slashing of the fees of the IITs and IIMs, leading to allegations that the autonomy of the institutions were being compromised, he said there was full autonomy to these institutions during his tenure as the Human Resources Development minister and they were allowed to run in a professional manner.

The fact that the NCERT published six crore books last year as compared to two crore in previous years speaks the volume of popularity of the amendments, he claimed.

The senior leader, who was on his maiden visit to Allahabad after losing the Lok Sabha elections to Samajwadi Party’s Reoti Raman Singh said the BJP was seized with the exercise of introspection of the causes of the electoral debacle.

Joshi also took a dig at the "squabbling" among the constituents of the United Progressive Alliance government and said the new government would survive as long as RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav and Left parties continued to lend support.

Referring to the foreign origin of the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the senior BJP leader said that it should be debated whether a person of foreign origin should occupy top constitutional posts of the country.

See online : The Times of India


in The Times of India, Tueday, May 25, 2004.

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