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CBSE apologises for question on Gujarat riots

CBSE apologises for question on Gujarat riots

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued an apology for asking a question involving Gujarat riots in Class XII Term 1 sociology board exam paper on November 11. - File photo



Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 2

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued an apology for asking a question involving Gujarat riots in Class XII Term 1 sociology board exam paper on November 11.

The question was: “The unprecedented scale and spread of anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat in 2002 took place under which government?” The MCQ-based paper had four options —Congress, BJP, Democratic and Republican. The board has now apologised for it and called it “inappropriate”. It also promised strict action against those responsible.

Meanwhile, Shaktisinh Gohil, Congress MP from Gujarat, said, “You cannot duck reality. Modi ji was the CM of Gujarat during the disturbance (in 2002). He asked for votes in the name of Lord Rama, but failed to save Ramsevaks (followers of Rama).”

“The riots that followed destroyed Gujarat and innocent persons were killed. Then too it was Modi ji who was the Gujarat CM – this is reality. I do not understand what’s the big deal if someone sets a question around the fact,” Gohil asked.

Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM leader and Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad, said, “This is a factual question. The CM who oversaw the pogrom in 2002 is PM now. Where’s the error? Thousands lost their lives in Gujarat. No person of conscience should ever forget such acts of mass violence. If the next generation doesn’t learn from the past, it’ll be condemned to repeat it.”

“If the question was about the 1984 riots, BJP would have allowed it,” said Sushmita Dev, Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member from West Bengal.


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