Karnataka: Writer Hampa Nagarajaiah leaves Kuvempu Pratishtana | Bangalore News

BENGALURU: The textbook review line continued to simmer with renowned writer Ham Pa Nagarajaiah on Monday resigning as chairman, Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Pratishtana. Nagarajaiah was protesting the government’s inaction against textbook review committee chairman Rohith Chakrathirtha, who allegedly insulted laureate Jnanpith Kuvempu and the nadageethe (state anthem) he had written.
Nagarajaiah sent his resignation letter to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. Chakrathirtha, who faces criticism from authors and opposition parties over textbook revisions, ran into further trouble when a 2017 post on his Facebook account in which he allegedly mocked of the national anthem and made derogatory remarks about Kuvempu, surfaced. The post was widely shared. “Instead of taking action against a person who insulted Kuvempu, the government gave him a position of responsibility,” Nagarajaiah said in his letter. “I find it difficult to sit quietly and witness such things. Therefore, I am resigning from the office of President and also ending my membership in Pratishtana.
Nagarajaiaah’s resignation comes two days after Seer Adichunchanagiri Mutt Nirmalanand Swamiji wrote to Bommai demanding action against Chakrathirtha. Bommai on Sunday said he would discuss the issue with Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh. Several other writers and associations urged the government to sack Chakrathirtha.
Kannada writer CP Krishnakumar accused Chakrathirtha of insulting the national flag, anthem and nadageethe. Krishnakumar said the primary education system is flawed by political officials and called for Bommai’s intervention to end the dispute. The Rajya Vokkaligara Sangha and a group of lawyers have also demanded action against Chakrathirtha, while opposition assembly leader Siddaramaiah has called on the government to “ban” him from Karnataka.
However, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi defended Chakrathirtha, saying the textbook review line is a closed chapter. He told reporters in Mysuru: “We are giving the real story of India. Earlier also many lessons have changed. There is no more controversy now. With the approach of the elections, a controversy is created. But it is a closed chapter. »
Vishwanath criticizes the panel
H Vishwanath, a former education minister and BJP MLC, again criticized the state’s textbook review committee on Monday, saying that instead of focusing on advancing children’s education, it ran into “undesirable controversies”. He was speaking after publishing a book at Karnataka State Open University. Vishwanath reiterated that the committee had included several lessons without conducting research and “studies on child psychology”. “Although the government spends millions of dollars for the promotion of research education and universities also produce countless copies and essays of theses and research, society does not benefit from these research activities. research,” Vishwanath said.