Class 8 Text Book row: VGS Publishers Telangana apologizes for derogatory contents

VGS Publishers which has published Class 8th Social Science Textbook with Offensive-Derogatory picture representing terrorist holding ‘Holy Quran’ now apologized in an official letter.

VGS Publishers also said that they are going to delete the content.

Some contents of a class 8th Social Studies Textbook – “Real life beyond” have published really derogatory and discriminatory pictures with a person holding a “Gun” in his right hand along with The “Holy-Quran” in his left hand, captioning him as “Terrorist”.

Class 8th Social Studies Textbook publishes Offensive-Derogatory picture representing terrorist holding 'Holy Quran'

Several people have taken it to Twitter and called out this bigotry. “Some contents of a school Study Material [8 th class, Social Studies – Real life beyond Textbook ] it is clearly discriminating a person holding a “Gun” in his right hand along with The “Holy-Quran” in his left hand & at the bottom describing him as “Terrorist” 1/2 @kparveen2005,” a Twitter user Shaikh Aslam has tweeted.

This humiliates Muslim students, teachers, and the whole community. It also leads to destroying the unity and integrity of the country. Immediate action should be taken against those responsible for writing and approving this book.

Therefore, a picture representing a terrorist holding the holy Quran in one hand along with a gun in his other hand has really hurt the sentiments of Muslims and is bigotry. It is wrong to put such thoughts and representations in the young student’s mind and make them believe so. As Islamophobia is spreading in India, people are making every possible efforts to link Islam with terrorism.

Earlier Asaduddin Owaisi, SIO Telangana, and several other organizations had urged publishers to remove the content.


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