Karnataka Orders Dropping Dalit Writer’s Poem. He says Sun, Moon not Gods

The decision was made in light of complaints received against the poem for hurting religious feelings

Bengaluru: Amid the controversy over the revision of school books in Karnataka, the ruling BJP has ordered the dropping of a poem by a famous Dalit writer which says the sun and moon are not gods.

The move is likely to trigger a line.

Karnataka Education Minister BC Nagesh has ordered the exclusion of the poem “Bhoomi” by the late Siddalingaiah from the 4th standard textbook, sources said on Saturday.

The decision was made in light of complaints received against the poem for hurting religious feelings. The poem was incorporated into the curriculum by the textbook review committee headed by Baraguru Ramachandrappa during the reign of Congress.

The Textbook Review Committee formed by the BJP government led by Rohith Chakratirta has not reviewed this manual. Allegations have surfaced that the “Nali-Kali” section of the textbook, which is intended for compulsory extracurricular learning, harms religious beliefs with its controversial content.

Many Hindus consider the sun and the moon to be sacred.

The Committee also kept another controversial line that says religious pooches are cheating traps, Education Department sources said.

The poem further says that no one has seen the ‘aatma’ (mind) of the God, and that the Shastras and Puranas are a bundle of lies, and that the guru’s palace and abode are also traps .

The state government announced the review of controversial aspects of the revised curriculum by the committee headed by Rohith Chakrathirtha after a huge backlash. The committee revised Kannada textbooks (grades 1 to 10) and social science textbooks (grades 6 to 10).

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