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Your Petition for Tipu Sultan syllabus has been successful.

Asif Iqbal

Aug 6, 2020 — 

After outcry with an Online Petition filed by Dr. Asif Iqbal, BS Yediyurappa govt puts on hold syllabus that dropped Tipu Sultan from Class 7 textbooks. 

The Karnataka government has put on hold its decision to drop chapters on controversial 18th Century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan and his father Haider Ali from the Class 7 social science textbooks after a public furore, according to several media reports.

As per a report in Hindustan Times, state primary and secondary education minister Suresh Kumar said he had seen reports and an online petition in the media about the revised syllabus and claimed that it had not been finalised. Kumar said, "We don’t even know how many days would be available for the current academic year, so how can we finalise the syllabus?"

Insisting that there was no question of belittling any person or historical incident, the minister in a note said the effort of the government would be to build and unite rather than divide  society, Hindustan Times reported.

As per a report in The Print, a note put up on the Karnataka Textbook Society’s website read: “Content reduction link for 1-10 classes has been temporarily withdrawn.” KTS director Madegowda told The Print: “Education minister Suresh Kumar has asked us to put this decision in abeyance. We will update the new version in a few days.”

The Karnataka government had earlier decided to reduce the 2020-21 syllabus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chapters on Constitution, Islam and Christianity were left out of school syllabus, according to various media reports.

Similarly, the revised syllabus uploaded on the Karnataka Text Book Society (KTBS) website shows that in the Class 7 social science text, Chapter 5 that deals with Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan, historical places of Mysore, and administration of commissioners have been dropped.

However, the chapters on Tipu have been retained in the Class 6 and 10 books, official sources said.

A couple of months back, amid the growing clamour from some BJP leaders to remove a chapter in the textbook glorifying Tipu Sultan, the government had constituted an expert committee to look into it.

The committee, however, had recommended that the ruler cannot be ignored from the school syllabus.

Tipu was considered an implacable enemy of the British East India Company. He was killed in May 1799 while defending his fort at Srirangapatnam against the British forces. 

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