CHENNAI: The Madras high court has admitted a PIL challenging the deletion of a sentence - 'the Hindu Mahasabha and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) from text books in Tamil Nadu and directed the education department to file a counter affidavit on prescribing of syllabus by Mach 19.
A division bench of Justice M Sathyanarayanan and Justice R Hemalatha has also sought to know the procedures adopted for deletion of certain portions in the text books.
Advocate S Doraisamy, who filed the PIL, argued that the statements/versions appearing in a Class X text books was part of history and it cannot be re-written based upon some sentiments. Adding that the school education department has issued a circular for hiding the sentence in both the Tamil and English versions, Doraisamy wanted the court to quash the circular.
According to a report in Times of India, the issue pertains to a plea moved by one Chandrasekaran before a single judge of the court, seeking deletion of the 'sentence' from English and Tamil versions of the social science book (Volume II) of standard X.
During the course of hearing by the single judge, the government pleader representing the school education department submitted that the 'objectionable portion' in the books have been ordered to be deleted by the competent authority.
Now, claiming that such history cannot be deleted from books on mere sentiments of a group of persons, the petitioner wanted the division bench to quash the circular issued by the department.
Opposing the same, C Munusamy, special government pleader contended that the issue has been analysed in detail and a conscience decision has been taken by the department (with inputs from Times of India).