PaK is ‘Azad Kashmir’ in army school book
Gilgit-Baltistan referred to as Northern areas
Action to be taken against guilty: Cong; Nothing to do with it: CBSE
Sameer Showkin Lone
Srinagar, April 22: Stirring a major controversy, an exercise book taught in Army schools depicts the map of Jammu and Kashmir exactly the way Pakistan claims it to be, showing Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) as ‘Azad Kashmir’.
The book ‘Map Practice’ also calls the Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is a part of PaK, as Northern areas.
Printed by a private publisher, Prabhat Publishing House, the book claims to have been published as per the new syllabus introduced by the Central Board of School Education (CBSE), New Delhi.
A senior army official told Rising Kashmir that they have brought the matter to the notice of Government of India “and they will look into the matter”.
When asked will the army continue with the book, he said, “Yeh Sarkary Kitabein hain (These are government books). We can’t comment on the issue.”
CBSE DISOWNS BOOK
Meanwhile, CBSE has distanced itself from the controversy by maintaining that the book in question was brought out by a private publisher and not of the NCERT which it prescribes for class one to class eight students.
CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi said the board has nothing to do with it. \”We prescribe only NCERT textbooks for class one to eight students. This book which is being talked about is of a private publisher,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rashid Alvi said action would be taken against those responsible.
\”We do not have information on the issue. If such a thing has been done, action will be taken,\” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Reportedly, some Army commanders have now asked some of the school principals to get back to them with the books so that they can take a look. In the meantime, the Army has decided to write to the CBSE and the HRD Ministry regarding the issue.
PTI also quoted BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi as saying, \”If it was a deliberate act, then it is a very dangerous thing as J&K is a sensitive area. If it is mistake, the Government of India should take immediate steps to check a repeat of such incidents.\”
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (BOSE) was recently caught in trouble with one of the textbooks prescribed by it depicting a policeman as an oppressor. (with inputs from PTI)