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India Govt OK With Azad's J&K Reality In Textbooks

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Azad's J&K Reality In Textbooks
At least in new Secondary Education textbooks for class three in Indian Army Schools in Srinagar, Indian Government accepted existence of ground-reality of Azad Jammu and Kashmir where books depicted the map of Jammu and Kashmir exactly how Pakistan claims it to be.

Indian Government officially used to call this part of the dispute territory between two nuclear armed countries as “Pakistan-occupied Kashmir region” but new text books now shown it as 'Azad Jammu and Kashmir', a term used by Pakistan to describe the region.

Further, the books showed Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is a part of Kashmir, is called the Northern areas. Indian opposition Bharthi Party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has that the Education Ministry must get to the bottom of the matter. He said “The Education Ministry must look into the matter immediately. They must find out if this was a mistake or done deliberately”.

He also added as“This is a serious matter because Jammu and Kashmir is a controversial topic. If wrong information about the country's boundaries is being taught to young children, then it must be stopped at once because it goes against the good of the country”.

Meanwhile, the Congress leader Rashid Alvi said action would be taken against those responsible. “We do not have information on the issue. If such a thing has been done, action will be taken. Reportedly, some Indian Army commanders have now asked some of the school principals to get back to them with the books so that they can take a look. In the meantime, the Army has decided to write to the education Ministry regarding this issue.

The Indian Army has been maintaining that its position vis-a-vis the issue is very clear since the Army is not a publishing authority. Also, the book was published by a leading publishing house based in Karol Bagh in Delhi, which means that, probably the education Ministry is going to sit up and take notice.

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