Thorat committee proposed to remove negative political cartoons from NCERT textbooks.

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shankar-cartoon-ncertJuly 3 New Delhi: The six-member committee headed by Sukhadeo Thorat, chairperson of the Indian Council of Social Science Research to review NCERT’s political science textbooks for schools has said that textbooks should remove cartoons with negative references to politicians. The committee also pointed out that textbooks carry too many caricatures of the Nehru-Gandhi family and said that these had to be deleted.

In its recommendations, the government-appointed panel has favoured the removal or modification of only 36 of the 176 cartoons in textbooks for classes 9-12, a news channel said on Tuesday, quoting from the report.

The panel found too many cartoons of the Nehru-Gandhi family in the textbooks and has sought their removal.

As per reports, one of member of the committee, Professor Pandian has refused to clear the report as he feels that an unnecessary controversy has been created over harmless cartoons, hence they need not be removed.

The panel 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.

Justifying the proposed deletions, the panel says in its report: “They [authors] may have reasons to believe that the cartoons used were not offensive but only reflected commonly perceived notions. In a society as vast and as diverse as India is, there can always be room for different understanding of the text and interpretation of visuals, and especially cartoons could be viewed differently by different segment of society. It is more so when multiple sensitivities get involved. The sensitivities, genuine or perceived, have to be taken note of and addressed carefully.”

The committee was set up following uproar over the cartoon of BR Ambedkar in NCERT textbooks in May.

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