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Did Mahatma Gandhi commit suicide? A Gujarat school says so

The body of Mahatma Gandhi showing the bullet wounds.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu Archives

A question in a school exam on how Mahatma Gandhi “committed suicide” has shocked the Gujarat education authorities, prompting them to initiate an inquiry.

Another question about boot-legging in dry Gujarat has also irked the officials.

Gandhijiye aapghaat karwa maate shu karyu [how did Gandhiji commit suicide]?” was the question asked in Gujarati to Class 9 students during an internal assessment examination of schools run under the banner of Sufalam Shala Vikas Sankul, an official said. The Sufalam Shala Vikas Sankul is a Gandhinagar-based organisation of self-financing schools and educational institutions getting government grants.

Besides, another question in an exam paper to Class 12 students was about “writing a letter to district police chief complaining about the rise in sale of liquor in your area and nuisance created by bootleggers“.

“A cluster of self-financing schools, and those getting grants included these two questions for internal assessment exams held on Saturday. These questions are highly objectionable, and we have initiated an inquiry. Action will be taken after the report comes in,” Gandhinagar District Education Officer Bharat Vadher told PTI.  The question papers were set by the management of these schools and the State education department had nothing to do with it, he added.

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