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Teacher Suspended for Branding “Ramayana” and “Mahabharata” Imaginary

Teacher Suspended for Branding “Ramayana” and “Mahabharata” Imaginary

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NEW DELHI, Feb 12: A teacher from a school in Karnataka’s Mangaluru has been dismissed after an uproar from a right-wing group over alleged derogatory comments on the Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The group, supported by BJP MLA Vedyas Kamath, alleged that a teacher from St Gerosa English HR Primary School in the coastal town taught students that the Mahabharata and the Ramayana were “imaginary.” They alleged the teacher spoke against Mr Modi too.

The group alleged the teacher referred to the 2002 Godhra riots and the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case while speaking against Mr Modi. She is trying to “induce feelings of hatred in the minds of children”, the group said in a complaint.

They also held protests on Saturday and again on Monday joined by the BJP MLA demanding the suspension of the teacher. The Deputy Director of Public Instructions (DDPI) is investigating the case. The school has removed the teacher over the alleged remarks.

“St Gerosa School has a history of 60 years and to date, no incident like this has happened. This unfortunate incident has created a temporary mistrust between us and our move will help rebuild this trust with your cooperation and we all work together for the better future of our students,” the school said in a letter. So far, no police complaint has been filed against her.

(Manas Dasgupta)

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