Joshi assails move to distort Indian history

Monday, September 05, 2005, New Delhi: Former human resource minister Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday assailed the move to distort the Indian history by the NCERT and demanded that school syllabus, which described Lord Ram and Lord Krishna as 'imaginary figures,' should be scraped immediately.

He said: "Our children are taught that Rama and Krishna are imaginary figures, Aryans came from outside and they consumed beef." Mr Joshi, a senior BJP leader, was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the 27th foundation day of Kendriya Arya Yuvak Parishad.

Mr Joshi, who was the former HRD minister during the NDA rule, said instead efforts should be made to "save" India's culture, history and religion. He demanded that the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads should be included in the school curriculum.