Following the controversy over inclusion of speech by RSS founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar in textbooks, Congress Leader Siddaramaiah on Wednesday urged Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to immediately stop the printing of textbooks and make a decision in this regard after discussions with intellectuals and education experts .

According to official sources, Hedgewar’s speech was included as a chapter in the revised Kannada textbook for class X students.

“If the media reports on the revised program are true, then the problem is very serious. In order to avoid speculation and conflict on the issue, @CMofKarnataka @BSBommai should provide clarification,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

He said that while there are many renowned authors, writers, intellectuals and education experts in Karnataka, the state BJP government has chosen to insult the people there by delegating the work to a young inexperienced RSS.

“The government should withdraw the draft submitted by the current textbook review committee and disband the committee. Appoint a new committee consisting of education experts, intellectuals and eminent writers from Kannada,” he added.

The Karnataka Textbook Society said a committee headed by Rohith Chakrathirtha had been formed to review and revise social science and language textbooks, and he revised grades 6-10 social science textbooks and language textbooks Kannada from grades 1 to 10.

Alleging that the BJP has already destroyed the sanctity of religion for political reasons, Siddaramaiah said, “Now they are trying to politicize the learning space to spoil the minds of innocent children for political gain. It’s unfortunate and people should stand up against it. “Let BJP use Hedgewar, Golwalkar and Godse in their political rallies and ask for votes by showing their likenesses. People will assess what is right or wrong and decide. But don’t politicize education for selfish reasons,” he added.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh on Monday defended the inclusion of a speech by Hedgewar in the Kannada textbook.
He had said that the manual did not contain anything about Hedgewar or RSS, only his discourse on what should be an inspiration to people, especially young people, and added that those who raised objections did not not read the manual.

Amid allegations in some quarters that a lesson on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh was omitted, the Textbook Society clarified on Tuesday that the chapter had not been deleted and that the Kannada Class 10 textbook is currently at the printing stage.