‘Scrapping Of Article 370’ Included In NCERT Class XII Political Science Textbook


New Delhi: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has revised a chapter “Politics in India since Independence” in its Class XII political science textbook for the 2020-21 session. It has dropped a paragraph on separatist politics in Jammu and Kashmir and added in brief, the scrapping of its special status last year.

The topic “Separatism and Beyond” has been deleted from the chapter and the scrapping of Article 370, which gave the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir special status, has been included under the topic “Regional Aspirations”, media reports quoted PTI as saying.

On August 5 last year, the Centre had scrapped the state’s special status and divided it into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

The deleted portion read: “One strand of separatists who want a separate Kashmiri nation, independent of India and Pakistan. Then there are groups that want Kashmir to merge with Pakistan. Besides these, there is a third strand, which wants greater autonomy for the people of the state within the Indian union.”

The revised portion reads: “Jammu and Kashmir had a special status under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. However, in spite of it, the region witnessed violence, cross-border terrorism and political instability with internal and external ramifications”.

Similarly, Class XII students will not be required to study the chapters on India’s relations with its neighbours — Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, the changing nature of India’s economic development, social movements in India and demonetisation, among others, said the report.

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