Staff Correspondent

Neglecting martyrs not good for new generation: Chouhan

Chief Minister felicitated for his announcement "Politics in the name of great personalities and leaders will be discouraged"Separate book on revolutionaries to be published

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said here on Tuesday that politics in the name of great personalities and leaders would be discouraged in the State.

He said the revolutionaries made a significant contribution to achieve freedom and their exemplary lives and inspiring heroic deeds must find a respectable place in school textbooks.

The Chief Minister was addressing a function organised at his residence by the Bhopal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was felicitated for his announcement to include the life and deeds of revolutionaries in school textbooks. Minister for School Education Narottam Mishra was also felicitated.

The decision comes after the School Education Department recently dropped a poem on Jawaharlal Nehru from Standard I textbooks. The Chief Minister said those who led the revolutionary movement against the British must find a mention in textbooks and went on to emphasise that neglecting the martyrs is not in the interest of the new generation.

The Chief Minister said there should be a national debate to discuss why lessons on great freedom-fighters should not be included in textbooks.

The office-bearers of various frontal organisations of the district unit of the BJP presented to the Chief Minister portraits of Shivaji, Rani Durgawati, Rani Laxmi Bai, Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, Sukhdeo, Lokmanya Tilak, Dayanand Saraswati, B.R. Ambedkar, Khudiram Bose, Keshav Baliram Hedgewar and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee.