NCERT provides scrapping of Article 370 to Class 12 textbook chapter, drops portion on separatist politics in JK

New Delhi, July 21

The NCERT has revised a chapter in its Class 12 political science textbook to drop a paragraph on separatist politics in Jammu and Kashmir and so as to add a quick point out of the scrapping of its particular standing final yr.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has revised the chapter within the textbook “Politics in India since Independence” for the educational session 2020-21.

While the subject “Separatism and Beyond” has been deleted from the chapter, the scrapping of Article 370, which gave the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir particular standing, has been included beneath the subject “Regional Aspirations”.

On August 5 final yr, the Centre had scrapped the state’s particular standing and divided it into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

“One strand of separatists who want a separate Kashmiri nation, independent of India and Pakistan. Then there are groups that want Kashmir to merge with Pakistan. Besides these, there is a third strand, which wants greater autonomy for the people of the state within the Indian union,” the deleted portion learn.

The chapter then talks in regards to the President’s Rule imposed in June 2018 after the BJP withdrew its assist to the Mehbooba Mufti authorities and in the direction of the top, mentions the withdrawal of Article 370.

The revised portion, the place the chapter talks about Jammu and Kashmir, says: “Jammu and Kashmir had a special status under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. However, in spite of it, the region witnessed violence, cross-border terrorism and political instability with internal and external ramifications.”

“The Article resulted in the loss of many lives, including that of innocent civilians, security personnel and militants. Besides, there was also a large-scale displacement of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir valley,” it learn.

“On August 5, 2019, Parliament had approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. The state was also bifurcated into two Union territories — Ladakh with no Legislative Assembly and Jammu and Kashmir with one,” the revised portion learn.

The revised textbook takes under consideration the developments that occurred in Jammu and Kashmir from 2002 onward.

Earlier this month, an issue had erupted over the discount of the syllabus by the CBSE as a result of COVID-19 state of affairs, with the Opposition alleging that chapters on India’s democracy and plurality are being “dropped” to propagate a selected ideology.

But the Board had insisted it’s a one-time measure for this educational yr solely and isn’t restricted to a selected topic as is being projected by some.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had notified the brand new syllabus for Class 9 to Class 12 for the 2020-21 educational session after rationalising as much as 30 per cent of the curriculum.

According to the up to date curriculum, the chapters deleted from the Class 10 syllabus are these coping with democracy and variety, gender, faith and caste, widespread struggles and motion and challenges to democracy.

For Class 11, the deleted parts embody the chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, secularism and development of native governments in India.

Similarly, Class 12 college students won’t be required to review the chapters on India’s relations with its neighbours — Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, the altering nature of India’s financial growth, social actions in India and demonetisation, amongst others. PTI

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