Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps for removing contents in a Class IX book of CBSE which hurt the sentiments of the Nadar community.

In a letter sent to Dr. Singh on Friday, the Chief Minister said some portions of the Social Studies book published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training had many derogatory statements referring to the Nadar community. Contrary to the information given in the text, the Nadars were original inhabitants of Kanyakumari district and did not belong to a lower caste.

Referring to the social and economical development achieved by the Nadars over the years, Ms. Jayalalithaa said their success in the fields of education and business could only be attributed to hard work.

Representations were made by various associations belonging to the Nadar community condemning the inclusion of such objectionable references about their community, she said adding that the incorrect details given in the textbook were misleading and could create a wrong impression in the minds of the students about the said community.

Recalling the contribution of the Nadar community to the freedom and development of the country, Desiya Murpoku Dravidar Kazhagam leader Vijaykanth said he had written to the Union Government calling for steps to remove the objectionable contents from the CBSE textbook.