objectionable in Std 7 textbook.
I did not find anything objectionable in the book. The
book clearly gives an idea about the past and present,
only facts in it. I don't understand why people are making
so much out of these.
It is ridiculous to ask which community is more affected
by price-hike etc. Poor people are poor irrespective of
caste etc. We should give importance to good things, not
to bad things. This book looks like a newspaper with only
Education should be for tomorrow's citizen, not for yesterday's
people. It is not good to teach this type of things into
7th std. These types of matters can be studied as PhD
thesis. It will not help student anyway. I wish to them
to make a theme for education.
I was never a follower of LDF. But reading this book
may change my mind. This is the first time I have ever
read a Kerala syllabus text book which is so fresh with
ideas and is practical.
I am a Hindu married to a Christian. So obviously I want
my children to have the right to choose their religion
when they are old enough to decide. More important, I
want my kids to know that they have the right to choose
what they want in life and that they are not bound by
a system of servitude to swamis or priests or any other
opportunistic elements of the society. That's why this
book is exactly what I would have them study.
I don't blame the people who are making all this hoopla
over this textbook. These are the same people across all
religions that made a living exploiting and dividing our
state in the name of religion and caste. If people start
to think beyond all that, these exploiters will have no
way of existence. For them, the book commits the unpardonable
crime of speaking the truth and laying down a new vision
which we need so badly at this stage after years and years
of economic and social backwardness and hollow pretensions.
I really really wish that we have a new generation who
would think beyond their religion and caste and work to
bring some sunshine to the lives of all Malayalees. I
appreciate all those people who are behind (knowingly
or unknowingly) this vision.
I don't see any thing adverse on the content. The strikes
and other opposition are political. This is a good example
for our little tots. We are seeing inter religion marriages,
but really everyone is inter religion. One of them compels
the other to change the religion and then marries. That
is possessive. We have to eliminate this possessive mentality
from our culture.
Let us follow the way Sree Narayana Guru.
This controversy is unnecessary. Kerala is not under
the control of government but in the hold of some communal,
religious leaders. They have the money and support of
some political parties, hence their arrogances. They deserve
prison not churches, temples or mosques. They can even
buy the court, as they proved on the private education
bill. We can only pray to God who doesn't have a religion
This is definitely a communist manifesto. I think this
book is for 'Kutty Sakhakals' not for others, because
the former doesn't have any kind of obligation to society
but only to goondaism.
The lessons for 7th class should be removed from the
book otherwise it will create a lot of confusion and trouble
in future. Also there is no need for any type of religious
and political involvement in such books. Communist politics
is already in the books should be removed and avoided
in similar books.
Johny Kutty K
I really don't think there is much to worry about the
chapter that deals with religion in a vague manner. But
the overall purpose behind such study materials is to
spread the idea of communism.
The land reforms act was great, it had a lot of impact
on Kerala's social and economic realm. But it has a lot
of demerits too. If they want to teach the tragedies of
jenmmi-kudiyan-system, how the jenmmis were oppressing
the kudians, do so. Also what happened to kudians after
the land reforms and what happened to jenmis after the
It is not fair that the government is ignoring the voice
of the masses. The government must appoint an all-party
committee to look into the matter.
Kerala government must not become a military regime like
in Burma or impose an iron-fist rule as in China.
Dr. P G Vargis
The book helped me look at our past and see the drastic
changes that took place in our society. There is nothing
wrong in teaching or learning about the past; those who
oppose may well oppose teaching about the First World
War or India's first war of independence. It is very difficult
to understand whether these people are for a secular India.
This is a perfect book based on the latest curriculum
The book does not contain anything bad. If somebody does
not agree with the book they should resort to legal procedures
rather than create a law and order situation.
I fully agree and support this book. This book needs
to be implemented as soon as possible to breed a broad-minded/civilised
generation who may save our nation.
It is a wonderful textbook for children at the age of
12 to learn about our system, our country, our social
setup. I congratulate the Minister M.A Baby and his team
works in preparing such a beautiful book. Our country
needs such type of Education!
It seems the controversy is baseless and I couldn't find
anything which contradicts religion. The people who agitate
need immediate treatment at Potta ashram or with any guru
or Sheikh. (Not in a modern psychiatric hospital as these
people do not believe in them too). I live in a western
country where religion is an integral part of day-to-day
life and if it happened here, these religious leaders
would be end up in jail for distorting the truth and disrupting
the education and social life. It is sad that our educated
Keralites are playing into the hands of these morons.
I personally found nothing controversial in it about
any religion or personality. But I certainly believe that
certain anti-human elements in Kerala use the book as
a weapon for political and religious advantage therefore
sabotaging the future of our kids.
I would like to appreciate the authors of the textbook
for revealing what still exists and happens in our country.
Moreover, our new generations should know these things
to become better citizens. Being a 100% democratic country,
India never will become like China or any other developing
country. By giving proper guidance to our new generations,
we can expect better behavior from them.
I have gone through the book and feel it needn't be completely
withdrawn. Only some parts regarding the unimportance
of religion should be reviewed. Remaining contents are
The allegations against the book are baseless and merely
an election stunt. If it is anti communal please ask Sonia
to remove Vayalar Ravi from central cabinet: he married
a Christian woman and even Sonia herself had married a
I could not find anything wrong. (Thanks to Kerala Kaumudi
online). The second edition should talk about food, what
it is, how we get it, and what agriculture is. Can we
get food without farming, and if farming is essential,
then why not teach the same from class 1.
The basic necessity of life is food. Let us learn to
produce food. After that we can learn IT.
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Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034.
It's a great textbook. I am really surprised with the
contents and structure (syllabus).I also studied Kerala
syllabus, 12 yrs back. But the textbooks were entirely
different from this. The students will get the History
and they come to know how Kerala (in education and social
status) has grown to this level. Some organizations who
are not interested in the social balance (difference between
the poor and the rich) will definitely oppose the book.
I'm not a Communist, but all our kids have to study our
We must teach this text book to our children. They can
understand the early stages of God's Own Country.
Senior Design Technician
Cansult Maunsell Ltd
Those opposing the book are mistaken. Read it without
I could not find anything condemnable as claimed by various
religious groups and UDF. How so much controversy in connection
with the book?
I seldom believe, all our textbooks should be rewritten
to reflect the present day situation so that the students
who follow them will have a better understanding of the
ground realities and thus can form their own conclusions.
We were deprived of this opportunity and I regret that.
Government should not bow down to the pressures of these
groups and should implement reforms in the educational
sector, if needed, should use iron fist. Education, especially
higher education, is getting expensive and our government
should do something to arrest the current tendency and
if needed should reverse its own policy and aid common
man otherwise only rich will be able to afford it. Our
education minister should think twice before he talks
and his words should represent the official version and
should not be personal.
Finally, the Christian lobby is against this government
because of government's interference in the admissions
and fees fixations in the higher education sector and
they are trying to find fault in each and every move of
the Govt. UDF were able to cunningly escape from the people's
ire for the central government's inability to contain
inflation, nuclear deal with the US and fuel price hike.
I couldn't find any controversial issues in this book
as the religious leaders, communal leaders and opposition
parties' claim. They are simply creating problems for
political gains. But I have the following suggestions.
1. Printing is not at all good and will put students
to sleep. It must be impressively printed.
2. Presentation is like a low budget weekly. It must be
3. Contents should include more historical aspects and
incidents covering all fields.
Kottila Anil Kumar
The VII standard book and its lessons are very much needed.
We proudly support it.
I congratulate the Left Government in introducing this
kind of studies in schools. According to me, in all standards
this kind of chapters should be included for the students.
I don't know why certain political parties and religious
heads are creating problem over these chapters. It's not
promoting a Godless world. It's only showing the inter-human
Sudhish Aloysius Rozario
I feel there is nothing harmful in the book. I think
real things are mentioned in the text and everybody has
to accept it positively. The Government and authorities
should go ahead with the textbook.
Hari Kumar K.
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I don't find any thing wrong in it. As a democratic country,
each person has the right to choose his way of life. But
so far "minority is the major power in Kerala"
and you can't ignore it suddenly.
I could not find a single objectionable word in this book.
This type of books is needed in this era of narrow regionalism
and religiosity. The students will get some insight into
the true nature of secularism and the constitution of
India. If honestly followed, this type of education system
can shape most of the students (who are the citizens of
tomorrow and will lead the country) into model citizens,
tolerant of religions and helpful to society. What is
wrong in a father saying that "let my son decide
his religion when he grows up"? It is the right of
each and every Indian to believe or not believe in religion.
Kerala Government and Minister Baby should not even dream
of withdrawing this book.
This is a model book to be taught in the true spirit.
Suresh Kumar P K
Kerala is a state renowned for communal harmony and,
from ancient times, people of all religions and castes
live together in this state in brotherhood, helping and
co-operating with each other. People of this state should
ensure that no one should be allowed to destroy this peaceful
atmosphere at any rate.
I have read different chapters (not all chapters) in the
controversial Standard VII Social Studies Text Book.
I am not an educational expert, but I feel there are
chapters that need revision before they go into classrooms.
An example is 'Mathamillatha Jeevan'. I agree that the
Indian Constitution gives its citizens freedom/right to
choose his/her own religion or a citizen can live without
any religion. When the headmaster is asking the parents
about the pupil's religion, they are telling to keep the
column of religion 'blank' and leave it to their child
to choose his religion when he is an adult. It was OK
if this was taught in higher classes (Plus II) or above
when the student attains some sort of maturity. But this,
I do believe, should not be taught in lower classes, especially
in Standard VII when the student is only 11 or 12 years
This is an insult to the religious believers, who form
the majority in Kerala. While I agree that there are so
many children in Kerala born of inter-caste and inter-religious
marriages, they are in a minority. Let them bring up their
children to make their own choice regarding religion and
caste. But why should the idea of non-religion be given
in a textbook? Kerala public very well understands the
idea of CPM, thru Mr. M.A. Baby, that they want to have
a non-religious public here. Only those who favor communist
ideology - like veteran retired justice Sri. V.R. Krishna
Iyer -- can support this. As other readers have pointed
out, there appears to be a deliberate attempt in the book
to promote communism. Is this the way to spread communism?
Is CPM in Kerala afraid that they would be weakened in
Kerala in the long run?
Lastly, I suggest withdrawing the book in whole; if that
is impossible, to remove all the controversial parts from
book. Education Minister, instead of approaching different
people to get support for this book, should take immediate
action either to withdraw the book or at least withdraw
all the controversial lessons from the book.
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When Darwin's Origin of Species is academically accepted
in place of the biblical concept of the creation of the
world, I wonder why these hoodlums are creating a controversy
over a factual chapter. The intentions of the Leftist
Government vis a vis the new chapters in the schoolbook
is a welcome step to eradicating the ills in the society.
I see much of humanism rather than communism through the
chapters. And verily, both humanism and communism are
2 faces of the same coin. The critics of the book are
only trying to stir up communal problems and for a progressive
state like Kerala such agitations will not succeed either.
I feel more chapters highlighting social evils should
be introduced in the books. I have a word of praise for
Minister M.A Baby who amid the hue and cry from certain
communal and religious misfits, still stand like a rock
of Gibraltar and also defies effectively the arrogant
and stubborn leaders of the different spiritual groups.
The near-defunct Indian National Congress, notorious
for their nefarious tie ups with communal parties, are
trying to re-script the shameful and faceless liberation
struggle of 1959. While the UDF is a conglomeration of
communal sections, the LDF is a team of progressive and
secular parties. The public will see through the dirty
game of the UDF and give them a fitting reply.