Mumbai Last Updated at April 28, 2018
Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil today alleged that the newly-published SSC textbooks in Maharashtra have India map without a part of Jammu and Kashmir and also a wrong picture of the national flag, even as the agency responsible for these books countered the claims.
In his letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Vikhe Patil sought a probe and arrest of those guilty of this “error” in the Class 10 geography textbook published by the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research for the ensuing academic year.
“In chapter 3, page 24, a map of India is published but it is very erroneous as a large part of Jammu and Kashmir is not shown within the borders of the country,” said Vikhe-Patil, leader of opposition in the Maharashtra assembly.
Similarly, in chapter 2 on page 9, a picture of the national flag has been published with wrong colour of the Ashoka Chakra, he alleged.
“While printing a picture with four colours, there can be changes in the colour shades. It is due to technical limitations. This is mentioned on the first page of the textbook,” Magar said in a statement.
“It is a digital elevation model to make the natural landscape of the Indian land mass clear. The design is helpful to students for solving questions for self-study,” he said.
“Sonavane pointed out many mistakes including the wrong map and tricolour but his objections were ignored,” he said.
Vikhe-Patil demanded that the geography textbook be withdrawn and the mistakes be rectified after consultations with experts.( PTI )