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Updated: November 16, 2012 16:12 IST

Remove remarks on Nadars from CBSE book: Jayalalithaa to PM

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File photo of Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalitha
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File photo of Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalitha

Joining other political leaders in the state, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Friday demanded removal of “objectionable” references in the CBSE textbook about Nadar community which has produced great leaders like K. Kamaraj and their contribution to the society was immeasurable.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she said the “incorrect” details in the textbook of class IX were “very misleading and may leave a wrong impression in the minds of the students” about the community.

“The social and economical development achieved by the Nadars over the years is commendable. Their success in the fields of education and business can be attributed to their hard work and determination”, she said urging the Prime Minister to direct officials to remove “objectionable” references.

Noting that great leaders including Mr. Kamaraj belonged to this community and their contribution to society was immeasurable, Ms. Jayalalithaa said various associations belonging to the community made representations to her condemning such “objectionable” references about their community.

She said that contrary to the information given in the text, the Nadars were the original inhabitants of the Kanyakumari district and this was corroborated by the Tholkappiam and Silappathikaram literatures.

“The Nadars are said to be descendants of those who ruled the Cheran, Cholan and Pandyan Kingdoms... the Nadar Community is not a lower caste as mentioned in the CBSE book. Rather, they have been rulers of South India at one point of time”, the Chief Minister said.

DMK Chief M. Karunanidhi had on Thursday written to the Prime Minister on the issue. MDMK leader Vaiko and PMK leader S Ramadoss have also objected to the references.

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What i cant understand is why make references to communities in the
first place? Why cant these be just generic references? I really dont
want my kids growing up knowing how to differentiate between castes and
communities. With all due respect to our CM, Ms JJ, who undoubtedly is
doing the right thing, why even bother telling people what is lower and
upper community? Aren't you just paving the way for more unrest?

from:  clansman
Posted on: Nov 18, 2012 at 12:38 IST

It is good that all the leaders are supporting in a single voice, but
Why hasn't the CM still not uttered even a single word on dharmapuri

from:  PSMayo
Posted on: Nov 16, 2012 at 23:14 IST

It is good that the TN Cm has taken up this issue with the PM. This is
not an isolated incident. Several such erratic prescrioptions ahve
been made in the official text books of the coutnrty. Will the HRD
<Minsiter .look into this, more particualrly the body that is vested
with the official job of approvign text books. It appears it is in
deep slumber. This is more improtant -that is asking for the official
resonsibility not being discharged by the educational experts is more
imoprotant than blaming the minsiter for his acountability. People
should know who were the text book approval committee memenbrs and
what they ahe to say in the matter. We cannot just let this incident
go without both official resonsibility fidxed and political
acocuntability discharged. We have enough problems -mroe urgent and
burnign on our hand and let us not be hindered by such erratic
behavour of some official sin the educational department. They should
be anmed and approoprirat3e action gtaken against them-

from:  s.subramanyan
Posted on: Nov 16, 2012 at 19:12 IST
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