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The ruling BJP in India has often been accused by opposition parties of trying to use education as a means of “ideological indoctrination”. In 2014, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) published a pamphlet titled “Stop Communitarizing Education,” claiming that the BJP “distorted the facts” in textbooks.

An Indian CPI parliamentarian condemned the “deeply damaging and politically motivated” study material taught to students at Delhi’s First Jawaharlal Nehru (JNU) University, which calls China and the former Soviet Union “state sponsors of the terrorism”.

On Tuesday, Binoy Viswam, Member of Parliament (MP) of Rajya Sabha, wrote a scathing letter to Dharmendra Pradhan, the country’s Minister of Education, criticizing the content of the course materials, which are taught to engineering students at JNU .

For example, in a course titled “Counterterrorism, Asymmetric Conflicts and Cooperation Strategies between Great Powers”, the course readings assert that “jihadist terrorism” is the only form of “fundamentalist-religious terrorism”. The readings also claim that the Soviet Union and China were the “main sponsor states of terrorism”, which in turn influenced the “radical Islamic states”.

“It is deeply regrettable that higher education is used as a platform to communitize and politicize geopolitical issues by presenting half-truths and academically dishonest information,” Viswam wrote to the Indian Minister of Education.

He went on to state that “by distorting history in order to serve the political and communal interests acquired from a certain ideology, the course content makes incredulous claims regarding both global terrorism and the political regimes that supported him ”.

Criticizing those who drafted and approved the program, MP Binoy stressed that they had acted “irresponsibly”. He went on to insist that this course material should not be allowed to be taught. “It goes against the very ethics of education and critical thinking that characterize eminent institutions like Jawaharlal Nehru University,” he said.

The Marxist Communist Party of India has frequently accused the BJP of trying to communitize society by using education to “indoctrinate” young minds, with the aim of converting the country into a “fiercely intolerant Hindu nation”. In fact, in 2014, the CPI published a brochure claiming that the BJP had a desire to “hegemonize” Indian society.


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