Thane: NCP on Tuesday demanded apology from Narendra Modi over alleged factual errors in information given about Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in a class VII textbook of social sciences published by Gujarat educational department.
NCP activists, led by state president Jitendra Awhad, set ablaze an effigy of Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate, in Kalwa over the "incorrect" information on "Maharashtra's icon" Chhatrapati Shivaji.
NCP state president Jitendra Awhad.
"The second chapter of the class VII textbook of Social Science subject, published by the Gujarat State School Text Book Board in 2013, has objectionable and incorrect information about the Maratha king," Awhad said.
Awhad, who represents Mumbra-Kalwa constituency in state Assembly, said Modi should apologise to the nation for "repeated mistakes" he makes regarding the history of the country.
"A chapter on the Golden Period of the Mughul dynasty on page number 59 of the book carries several mistakes related to Shivaji Maharaj. Shivaji's place of birth, date of birth are wrongly published and also his relation with his mentor Dadoji Konddev," Awhad said.
The protest march culminated at Kalwa junction where Awhad addressed the gathering.
Awhad said information on other historical personalities is correctly published except that of Shivaji, the 17th Century Maratha king.
"In one of the chapters in the book, Dadoji Konddev is referred to as the grandfather of Shivaji," Awhad claimed.
The textbook states that Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on October 30, 1948.
It claims Japan mounted a nuclear attack on the United States during World War II.
The book says that after Partition, a new country called ‘Islamic Islamabad’ was formed with its capital Khyber Ghat in the Hindukush mountains.
It states that all south Indians are 'Madrasis'.
The class VII book clubs Puri's famous Rath Yatra among south Indian festivals.
It also claims that most people in eastern India reside in 'houses made of wood and bamboo'.