Taking strong exception to "wrongful and misleading" references to the Nadar community of Tamil Nadu in a CBSE textbook, DMK chief M Karunanidhi today urged the Centre to remove the objectionable references from it.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said "such misleading and derogatory depiction of any community is highly objectionable and should have no place in our education system".
Karunanidhi, whose party is a key ally of UPA, requested the Prime Minister to direct the officials to rectify these "errors"and remove the objectionable references from the textbook of class IX.
The contributions of the Nadar community to the freedom struggle and its political leaders including former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Kamaraj had been "belittled by the references in this textbook", he said.
"It is also historically incorrect to have labelled them as migrants to the Southern districts of Tamil Nadu", Karunanidhi said.
MDMK leader Vaiko and PMK leader S Ramadoss have also objected to the references.