The content of a class 8 social studies book in Telangana has been criticized for an alleged Islamophobic image. The photo in the “National Movement – The Last Phase 1919-1947” chapter of a “Question Bank” showed a “terrorist” holding a rocket launcher in his right hand and the Holy Quran in the left. The image prompted the Islamic Student Organization of India (SIO) to write to the Telangana government to demand the immediate removal of the image, the IANS news agency reported.
Reacting strongly to the photo, SIO Telangana chairman Talha Faiyazuddin criticized the publication of the photo and called on state Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy to open an investigation against the publisher .
Faiyazuddin said that such content in textbooks creates hateful prejudices against the Muslim community in the minds of students. He added that the image showing the person holding a gun and the Quran at the same time spread hatred against Islam and intended to disrupt the harmony, unity and integrity of society. .
The student organization demanded that the government instill peace in the minds of students through peace education and a peace studies program in educational institutions. State government authorities have assured SIO of appropriate action against the publisher.
The content also drew strong reactions from netizens, and social media users lambasted the post for disrupting the harmony. “Why does the social studies book mislead Telangana students?” How is it that someone conceives of a terrorist holding the Quran in one hand and a gun on his shoulder? Stop this immediately, ”one user wrote.
Photo of a terrorist in the book Social Studies in Telangana. The Quran is shown in the hands of the terrorist. You see how all the preparations are being made to spread Islamophobia and hatred towards Muslims among class VIII children now through the books. @TelanganaCMO pic.twitter.com/cY2KbcMbPo– Suniltewari995985 (@ Suniltewari9951) September 27, 2021
However, after the issue was highlighted by many stakeholders, VGS Publications – the publisher of this social studies book, issued a letter of apology and expressed regret over the image. The Vijaywada-based publisher has ensured to remove all unsold books from the market and publish new ones without the photo.
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