Bengaluru: Former chief minister of Karnataka and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday said that the party is ready to hit the streets if the Karnataka government does not revoke altered school textbooks, which he said have hurt the sentiments of Kannadigas.
“Rohith Chakrathirtha did the revision of the textbook (head of the textbook revision committee). He has a link to RSS. I hope the government will think to roll back its decision. If the government fails to do so, then we are ready to go on the streets, “said Congress leader Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru.
After disbanding the state textbook review committee, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai earlier discarded the idea of forming a new panel and defended the inclusion of a chapter on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder KB Hedgewar.
Speaking on the textbook row, Mr Bommai said, “No new committee will be formed. The previous committee’s work was cancelled. We will discuss the reference to Basavanna in textbooks with scholars who have written to me.I have already said that ours is a Basava Patha (path) government.
“The Baragur Ramachandra committee was formed by the previous Congress-led government in 2015. Our committee too looked into the textbook revision. Both the committees had similar recommendations, barring reference to ‘linga deekshe’. We will consider the views of all seers who have written to me,” said Mr Bommai.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Karnataka government has came in controversy after the textbook review committee included RSS founder KB Hedgewar’s speech in school textbooks and removed chapters on freedom fighters, social reformers, and litterateurs.