The Nationalist Students Congress (NSC) has taken umbrage at the omission of Sharad Pawar’s name as the founder of NCP from a Std X textbook issued by the Maharashtra education board for the next academic year. The party activists yesterday staged a protest outside the Balbharti office at Senapati Bapat Road.
“The textbook has a chapter in which short descriptions of various major political parties are given. The NCP’s details are mentioned in a brief paragraph. But Sharad Pawar’s name as the party’s founder (in 1999) has been omitted,” said NSC Pune president Rakesh Kamthe.
Kamthe pointed out that the name of Kanshi Ram as the founder of Bahujan Samaj Party figures in the textbook even though the party hardly has a support base in Maharashtra.
Besides, the name of Raj Thackeray as the founder of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (in 2006) is given prominence, though it is a much younger party compared to the NCP, he added.
In a memorandum to the Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board yesterday, the NSC, which is the student wing of the Nationalist Congress Party, said the gaffe appears in the social studies textbook of Std X for the academic session June 2013-May 2014.
Following the memorandum, a board official yesterday issued written instructions to the departments concerned, directing them to correct the error within a month in all textbooks. The publisher of the book Krushnakumar Patil has promised to correct the error by June 29.
Meanwhile, the chairperson of the board Sarjerao Jadhav said that Pawar’s name wasn’t omitted on purpose. “The chapter includes information about national and regional political parties.
As a single individual established most of the regional parties, the chapter has names of Raj Thackeray and Bal Thackeray. However, the NCP was founded by a group of people - Sharad Pawar, Tariq Anwar and PA Sangma - Pawar’s name didn’t find any mention in the chapter,” said Jadhav.