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Raising slogans: Activists of the Students’ Federation of India staging a dharna in Hassan on Thursday.
Raising slogans: Activists of the Students’ Federation of India staging a dharna in Hassan on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

Hassan: Activists of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) staged a dharna in front of the Hemavathi statue here on Thursday to protest against a circular sent by the State Government to all government and aided primary schools asking them to purchase 300 books published by the Rashtrotthana Sahitya Parishat.

The activists were led by State unit joint secretary Naveen.

Expressing apprehension over the circular, Mr. Naveen told presspersons that the Bharatiya Janata Party Government was attempting to push its “saffronisation” agenda in primary education.

The circular, dated August 14, gives a list of 300 books under the title “Bharata Bharati”, including those on both historical and mythical figures, which are to be bought by over 57,000 government and aided primary schools.

He said that the Government had also directed that the money for the purchase — amounting to Rs. 17 crore — had to be drawn from the MLA’s Local Area Development fund.

Instead of the Rashtrotthana Sahitya Parishat publications, the Government could have recommended purchase of books published by the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Kannada University and Kannada Book Authority, Mr. Naveen said.

The SFI has decided to continue its agitation until the Government withdraws the circular.

District unit president of the SFI M.G. Prithvi and other office-bearers were also present.

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