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NCERT book claims Bengali, Nepali and Marathi spoken languages of Meghalaya

The Khasi Students' Union (KSU) on Wednesday filed an FIR against the authors of a school textbook

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Shillong: The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) on Wednesday filed an FIR against the authors of a school textbook for claiming that the official spoken languages of Meghalaya are Bengali, Nepali and Marathi instead of the indigenous Khasi or Garo.

The KSU Northern Border Area filed the FIR at the Khanapara Police Station in Ri Bhoi district against the authors of Social Studies textbook – Dr Dhananjay Joshi and Neelam Jain regarding the “misinformation” in the book which was approved by the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) . The book was published by Bright Star Books International. 521-Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070.

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“We the Khasi Students’ Union, Northern Border Area came into notice on 20th July 2022 that the Little Star Senior Secondary School, 9th Mile, Baridua Ri Bhoi District was using a textbook of Social Studies in Class III, whereas the content of this book was wrong,” the KSU noted in the FIR.

Stating that the information in the textbook indicates that the official languages of Meghalaya are Bengali, Nepali and Marathi instead of the local languages Khasi and Garo, the KSU said, the misinformation in the book may lead to the wrong knowledge among the students of the school and might have reach other schools of other states as well as in our State and this which also affect the sentiments of Khasi Community. 

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