Concerned over the inclusion of “Hindutva ideology” in State syllabus school textbooks, a federation of minority and secular organisations will participate in a seminar to discuss the issue comprehensively.

Titled ‘Combating saffronisation of education and suppression of subaltern voices’, the daylong seminar, organised by the Karnataka Regional Commission for Education (KRCE), will be organised at the St. Joseph’s Girls’ High School in Fraser Town on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday to announce the seminar, KRCE Secretary Sr. M. Genevieve said, “The social science textbooks of Classes 6 and 8, including English, Kannada and Hindi, have been saffronised by the State government on a large scale by inserting the Hindutva ideology and we firmly want to resist the idea.”

She pointed out that the National Curriculum Framework insists that the textbooks should uphold democratic and secular values even as it should help children go beyond rote learning.

Quoting the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT), she said: “In a pluralistic society like ours, it is important that all regions and social groups be able to relate to textbooks.’

The initiative has received the support of the Karnataka Communal Harmony Forum, the Tipu Sultan United Front, Karnataka Unaided Minorities Schools Management Association and Karnataka United Christian Forum.