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Book ‘error’ probe

Calcutta, June 30: Education minister Partha Chatterjee has asked school education secretary Arnab Roy to probe the “mistakes” that led the government to suspend the sale of a Bengali textbook.

Education department officials today said the book — Bangalir Bhasha O Sanskriti — would not be scrapped but an appendix would be published with “corrections”.

The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education last week suspended the sale of the book amid allegations that one of the chapters praised singer and composer Kabir Suman, who has fallen foul of Trinamul, for changing the course of Bengali music.

“After consulting the chief minister, I have decided to constitute a one-member committee of school education secretary Arnab Roy. The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven days,” minister Chatterjee said.

Asked if Kabir Suman’s reference prompted the state government to scrap the book, the minister said: “It’s got nothing to do with Kabir Suman. The charges are baseless. The book contains several mistakes. We have decided to edit the mistakes and will come up with an appendix at the earliest.”

“The committee would look into all aspects, including who had approved the book.”