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Chapter on Lalu to be removed from Bihar schoolbooks
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | January 08, 2008 16:46 IST
The Bihar government, led by Nitish Kumar, has decided to remove a chapter about his friend-turned political-rival and former chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav from school textbooks..
Instead of a chapter dedicated to Lalu, students will now read about the life and work of Mahatma Phule, a social reformer and educationist of the 19th century.
"Lalu has been replaced by Mahatma Phule, who is regarded as non controversial," said an official from the State Council of Educational Research and Training.
"The textbook with the new chapter on Mahatma Phule will hit the markets in March," said the sources.
In 1993, the chapter on Lalu, who was then the state chief minister, was included in the textbook following the recommendations of an editorial board of the Bihar State Text Book Corporation.