NCERT panel says not all toons should be removed
New Delhi: A committee set up to examine the cartoons in NCERT textbooks is understood to have recommended removal of some "objectionable" toons but at the same time has suggested framing of guidelines for choosing the right ones.
The six-member panel which was set up following the row over B R Ambedkar's cartoon in the political science textbook felt that as cartoons were good learning tools they should not be discarded away with completely, sources said.
The panel headed by Sukhadeo Thorat, chairperson of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, submitted its report to NCERT a couple of days back.
It had examined cartoons, illustrations and other contents in the six political science and social science textbooks after an assurance by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal in Parliament that he has directed removal of objectionable content and stoppage of distribution of books.
Yogendra Yadav and Suhas Palshikar, who as advisers of the textbook had approved the cartoon, had stepped down after the row.
NCERT sources said the changes will be incorporated with immediate effect so that students are not put to any inconvenience and the revised books are available to them on time.
The committee is also understood to have recommended some changes in the content with negative implications and the text suitably modified.