Ahead of national election in 2019, a move that could very well spark widespread controversies as the latest edition of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) political science textbook for standard XII have rechristened the 2002 Gujarat violence as “Gujarat riots”.
It earlier used to be called as “anti-Muslim riots”.
The change in terminology has not gone unnoticed and the changes have been made in the sub-head of a chapter in the textbook on “Politics in India since Independence”.
Certain sections of local media have reported that some other visible changes include that the first sentence of the paragraph has also dropped out the words “against Muslims”.
Similarly the term Muslims have been dropped suitably, it seems and the latest version available reads large-scale violence took place in Gujarat.
The changes were made in response to a proposal made in June 2017.
It need be recalled that the government figures show that the 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were killed in the Gujarat violence that erupted after the Godhra train burning incident.>