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The Prime Minister addressing children on Teachers Day has received some adverse commentary. In light of the press-coverage of the eight books recently published by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB), mandated as supplementary reading by the Gujarat government for all government primary and secondary schools, each of which carries a customised message from Narendra Modi, as then chief minister, here’s a quiz to test your knowledge in what has come to be known as the Dinanath Batra school of thought, apart from other recent controversies in the field of education and pedagogy.

Question 1. The modern world seems to be deluded in thinking that the first test tube baby¤ Louise Brown¤ was born in 1978. A Class IX Science text book in Gujarat will tell you the hidden truth that the first test tube baby was actually born in India¤ 7600 years ago¤ and called
Dronacharya
Karna
The Kauravas
Vichitravirya
Question 2. The year 1886 is generally regarded the year of birth of the modern automobile—with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen¤ by German inventor Karl Benz. All mithya¤ says Dinanath Batra¿s Tejomay Bharat¤ which tells us that the motorcar existed in ancient India. It was actually the:
Deva Vahan in the Dwapur Yuga
Anashva Rath in the Vedic period
Yantra Rath in The Rig Veda
Mahabalipuram Ratha in Treta Yuga
Question 3. "We know that television was invented by a priest from Scotland called John Logie Baird in 1926. But we want to take you to an even older Doordarshan¤" says Dinanath Batra¿s Tejomay Bharat which goes on to tell us that Indian rishis using their yog vidya would attain divya drishti¤ allowing them to act as telecasting mediums. The earliest documented instance according to this Gujarat text book is:
Vynamika Shastra¤ which describes 8 Darpana Yantras [Mirror Mechanism] that produce real time TV
Sanjaya in Hastinapur gives a live telecast of the battle of Mahabharata to the blind Dhritarashtra
Lord Shiva¿s Third Eye is used not just to destroy but also to monitor faraway events
Narad Muni has a portable TV that acts very much like a webcam
Question 4. According to a recently introduced Gujarat supplementary text book¤ the list of national holidays should include
May 28¤ V.D. Savarkar¿s birthday¤ which should be celebrated as Veerta Diwas
February 19¤ being Guru Golwalkar¿s birthday should be celebrated as Guru Divas
August 14¤ Pakistan¿s Independence Day¤ which should be celebrated as Akhand Bharat Smriti Divas
All of the above
Question 5. "I feel there¿s only Sanatana Dharma. There was no conflict between communities or on religious lines as there was only one sanatana dharma. Now there are several reasons for conflict to take place. Besides¤ Muslims are the only ones who have retained their distinct culture. Can Christians or Muslims say all religions are one? A Hindu can say that. There was no conflict when there was sanatana dharma¤ Conflict or contests came about when temples were destroyed and mosques built on the sites in medieval times." Who said this?
Dinananth Batra¤ Founder¤ Shiksha Bachao Andolan
Praveen Togadia¤ General Secretary¤ Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)
Yogi Adityanath¤ head priest of the Gorakhnath Mutt and BJP MP from Gorakhpur
Yellapragada Sudershan Rao¤ the new chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)
Question 6. Airplanes and Wright Brothers? Tell it to the birds¤ say some of our modern day educationists of the Dinanath Batra school. According to them¤ ancient India had flying machines as documented in:
Ramayana: Pushpak Vimana in which Ravana transported Sita to Lanka; Hanuman was a veritable flying machine
Vymaanika-Shaastra¤ a fourth century BC text written by Maharshi Bhardwaj
Samarangana Sutradhara of Bhoja
All of the above
Question 7. P.N. Oak whose "Institute for Rewriting Indian History" issued a quarterly periodical called Itihas Patrika in the 1980s is responsible for such gems as:
Taj Mahal was originally a Shiva temple and a Rajput palace named Tejo Mahalaya seized by Shah Jahan and adopted as a tomb
Vatican comes from Sanskrit Vatika ("park¤ religious centre")¤ Christianity from Krishna-neeti ("Krishna¿s policy"¤ "the way of Krishna")¤ and Abraham from Brahma.
Kaaba was a Hindu Temple
All of the above
Question 8. "Evidence from NASA" was invoked to "prove" the existence of what?
That Sri Ram Sethu was actually built by Hanuman-led army of monkeys
That Taj Mahal is actually a Shiva Temple¤ Tejo Mahalaya
That a temple existed at the site of the demolished Babri Masjid
All of the above
Question 9. Education Minister Smriti Irani¿s educational qualifications have been a subject of much controversy recently. She has a
BA in 1996 from Delhi University¿s School of Correspondence
B.Com in 1994 from Delhi University¿s School of Open Learning
Degree from Yale
All of the above
Question 10. Who has been quoted as saying: "Climate has not changed. We have changed...our tolerance and habits have changed. If we change then God has built the system in such a way that it can balance on its own" and also: "Climate change—is this terminology correct? The reality is that in our family¤ some people are old. They say this time the weather is colder. And people’s ability to bear cold becomes less. We should also ask: Is this climate change or have we changed? We have battled against nature. We should love nature instead of fight it.” aa
Uma Bharati
George Monbiot
Narendra Modi
Rahul Gandhi

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