A portion of a chapter in the Class X political science textbook in Tripura that  portrays minorities, especially Muslims, in a bad light Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: A political science textbook of Class X in Tripura is creating a new controversy over its depiction of minorities in a ‘bad’ light.

Just sample this: In one of the chapters, the book says: “There are many causes behind communalism. The most important ones are: 1. The mentality of the minorities: The minority communities especially the Muslims could never adjust themselves into the mainstream of the nation”.

As most of the people there are Muslims, the endeavour to create an anti-India mindset is always there, reads another chapter of the textbook

Another part of the book talks about Kashmir that reads, “Most people are Muslims, so endeavour to create anti-India mindset is always there”.

Meanwhile, when this reporter got in touch with Tripura’s education minister Ratan Lal Nath, he chose to be silent on the matter.

Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath

The then CPI(M) government has made several mistakes in many books that not only affected the minds of students but also misled them, Nath said. He also mentioned that any changes that needed to be made in the books will be difficult to carry out now as the school sessions are already through their mid-terms. “Once the school sessions are over, all the books will be scanned and the required changes will be made,” he offered.

The minister further sought support from the people and the media as the government is keen on bringing about a change in the coming days in order to provide quality education.

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