Rajasthan Class 8 book calls Bal Gangadhar Tilak as 'father of terrorism'

Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje | Photo: PTI
“Tilak demonstrated a path towards national movement, therefore, he is called the father of terrorism,” says a social studies textbook for class 8 being referred to in schools in Rajasthan. The book is published by a Mathura-based printer and is recommended by some private schools affiliated to the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education. The incident has led to much consternation, both online and offline. Congress Rajya Sabha member Digvijaya Singh tweeted last weekend: “Class 8 book calls Bal Gangadhar Tilak 'father of terrorism'. Would CM Rajasthan please correct it and punish the guilty?”

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