The Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO) has demanded that the Telangana government should immediately take action against the ‘Islamophobic’ content in Class 8 school textbook.
The Telangana chapter of the organization took strong exception to a picture published in the ‘Question Bank’ for the Social Studies (English medium) of the Class 8.
The picture of a ‘terrorist’ shows him holding a rocket launcher in his right hand and carrying the holy Quran in his left hand. The picture was used in the chapter ‘National movement – the last phase 1919-1947’.
Dr Talha Faiyazuddin, State President SIO, Telangana, said that “Peace must be infused in the minds of students through Peace Education and Peace Curriculum in Educational Institutions, SIO condemns & demands the education ministry, not to approve such a distracting content and take actions against such irresponsible and propagandist behavior. SIO demands that the Publishers should delete the toxic content and republish the new edition”.
The publication also faced criticism from many users on social media.
Why Social studies book is misguiding the students in #Telangana ? How come some one can design a man who was named as #Terrorist holding #Quran on hand and gun on shoulder ?— Khalida Parveen (@kparveen2005) September 25, 2021
Stop this immediately @SabithaindraTRS @KTRTRS @KTRoffice @TelanganaCMO @asadowaisi @SQMasood pic.twitter.com/4qpbfyF78F
Dear @SabithaindraTRS Ji— Syed Abdahu Kashaf (@syedKashaf95) September 25, 2021
Please take immediate action against “Social Studies – Real life beyond Textbook for Class 8” in this book it has a picture showing a Man having a gun and Quran e pak in his hands and below it is mentioned “Terrorist”. @TSEduDept @TelanganaCMO @KTRTRS pic.twitter.com/WBMFzaIbvN