India: History texts can't derogate freedom fighters

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NEW DELHI --Delhi High Court Friday dismissed a renewed plea by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to be allowed to set questions on certain objectionable sections in school history text books that describe some late freedom fighters as 'militants' and make derogatory references to some communities and historical incidents.

The plea by NCERT, the apex government body to advise on academic matters related to school education and the official publisher of school textbooks, was made despite the court's earlier direction for deletion of at least 20 objectionable paragraphs and not to set any question based on them.

Dismissing the plea, a division bench of Chief Justice M.K. Sharma and Justice Hima Kohli sternly warned NCERT as well as Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) against showing leaders and freedom fighters in a derogatory light in the textbooks.

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