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School Textbooks & Controversies

Dina Nath Batra (right), who wants to marry myth to modern science, is out to paint textbooks saffron.

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Delhi University Copyright Case: A poster in protest. October 2012

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani with Maneka Gandhi at the 54th Foundation Day of NCERT Campus, in New Delhi.

Photo/ Tribhuvan Tiwari

The latest cartoon that is causing a controversy in Tamil Nadu is from a class XII Political Science text book of the NCERT, and drawn by R.K. Laxman. It relates to the anti-Hindi agitation of 1965 in Tamil Nadu and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK)'s general secretary Vaiko has written to Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Kabil Sibal, saying the cartoon was a total distortion of history and hurt the sentiments of the people of Tamil Nadu and maligned the Dravidian Movement.

R.K. Laxman

Unnamati Syama Sundar

Media professionals holding placards during a protest over the recent cartoon controversy in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Subhav Shukla

Shankar

Perils of Running a Coalition Government.

Ajith Ninan/ India Today Book of Cartoons

Irfan looks at booth grabbing, having a criminal politician and his armed thugs dissuade an exercise of franchise.

Irfan Khan

The more things change, the more they stay the same, Ajit Ninan says in a India Today cartoon on the shift from one-party to coalition politics.

Ajit Ninan/ India Today

Faction-riven, the Janata Party fell to a resurgent IndiraGandhi in the 1980 polls. Here, Laxman rubbishes deposed PM Charan Singh.

RK Laxman/ TOI/ India Today

JP fights a painfully lonely battle for democracy against a backdrop of ills in this Laxman piece for Times Of India.

RK Laxman/ TOI

Nehru sells the third five-year plan to a drought-hit farmer family in this Shankar critique likening it to a magic carpet ride.

Shankar

Ninan

This cartoon comments on the relation between the people and the rulers in the Princely States and also on Patel's approach to resolving this issue.

RK Laxman/ TOI

Shankar has Nehru riding along a tightrope, balancing a tad unbalanced beam. Spot Shastri astride the Public Sector end.

Shankar

Shankar, Copyright: Children's Book Trust

Shankar, Copyright: Children's Book Trust

RK Laxman/ TOI

No fisticuffs please, this is rule of law.

RK Laxman/ TOI

Walkout vs thrown out

Irfan

Walkouts

Irfan

The 'rules of the game'

RK Laxman/ TOI

The effect of the Parliament's power to sanction money to different ministries.

Shankar/ Children's Book Trust

Comment of the criminal-politician nexus.

RK Laxman/ TOI

The Netaji is afraid of Election Commission.

RK Laxman/ TOI

This Keshav cartoon in The Hindu has an impoverished man on a parliament-styled hamster wheel that abounds with anti-poverty exhortations.

Keshav/ The Hindu

Brushing up the years.

R.K.Laxman

R.K.Laxman/ TOI

R.K.Laxman/ TOI

How governors are appointed.

Shankar/ Children's Book Trust

The anti-Hindi wave.

Shankar/ Children's Book Trust

This Chief Minster is not happy even after winning the confidence motion.

RK Laxman/ The Times of India

Why people want to be ministers.

RK Laxman/ The Times of India

There is no Council of Ministers without the Prime Minister. This cartoon shows how, literally, the Prime Minister 'leads' the Council of Ministers.

Shankar/ Children's Book Trust

Universal adult franchise compared to an elephant.

Shankar/ Children's Book Trust

They say elections are carnival of democracy. But this cartoon depicts chaos instead.

Shankar/ Children's Book Trust

The constitution makers have to address themselves to very different aspirations. Here is Nehru trying to balance between different visions and ideologies.

Shankar/ Children's Book Trust

Kutty employs a Dickensian staple (The orphan Oliver asking for more soup) as subtle metaphor for Centre-state relations.

Kutty

Ajith Ninan/ India Today Book of Cartoons

Democracy the umpire.

Shankar/ Children's Book Trust

Demand for new states.

Shankar/ Children's Book Trust

A TV grab of the Pune campus office of Prof Suhas Palshikar, who resigned as NCERT adviser in the wake of the huge row over a cartoon of B R Ambedkar in school text books, was attacked by a group of persons. Police said Palshikar was unharmed in the attack and three persons have been detained.

TV Grab/IBN

Proceedings in Parliament were disrupted due to turmoil over a cartoon of B R Ambedkar in NCERT's STD XI Political Science text book. BSP Chief Mayawati threatened to stall Parliament proceedings if action was not taken against those responsible within three days. HRD minister Kapil Sibal said there was no question of anybody trying to malign Ambedkar or anybody trying to make fun of him because "that I think will be against the secular ethos of our country".

Shankar, Copyright: Children's Book Trust

BSP President Mayawati speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi. Proceedings in Parliament were disrupted due to turmoil over a cartoon of B R Ambedkar in NCERT's STD XI Political Science text book. Mayawati threatened to stall Parliament proceedings if action was not taken against those responsible within three days.

PTI Photo/ TV GRAB

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal speaks as members show photocopies of a cartoon of BR Ambedkar in an NCERT text-book, in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. Agreeing that Ambedkar's cartoon in an NCERT textbook was objectionable, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said orders have been issued to withdraw it and stop distribution of these books, and promised concrete action in the matter.

PTI Photo/ TV GRAB

Shankar, Copyright: Children's Book Trust

A child reads a page from a controversial textbook in Shillong. Authorities in a Christian-majority state have confiscated all copies of a school textbook that carried a picture of Jesus Christ holding a can of beer and a cigarette, an official said.

AP Photo/Francis Khangwar

Motor cycles of Christen community burnt by local shopkeepers and residents in Majitha town near Amritsar, Punjab on Friday. A group of Christens had tried to get the shops to down shutters in protest against a picture of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette and a can of beer that has created a controversy in Meghalaya. The objectionable picture of Jesus was discovered in cursive writing exercise books being used at a private school in Shillong. The textbooks have been confiscated and legal action against publishers is being contemplated.

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