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JOSHI FACES MP HEAT ON EDUCATION 

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FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT   |   Published 26.08.01, 12:00 AM

New Delhi, Aug. 26 :    New Delhi, Aug. 26:  For human resources development minister Murli Manohar Joshi, there is no respite from the heat turned on him by the Opposition within and outside Parliament. Within a week of the debate on saffronisation of education, some MPs, cutting across parties, met the HRD minister today to caution him on the issue. The Parliamentary Forum, set up at the initiative of Congress MP Eduardo Faleiro, flung charges at Joshi from sneaking in a 'communal agenda' in textbooks to ignoring the Education Fundamental Right Bill, pending for a long time. 'It is not that we are just raising the issues of saffronisation. We are equally concerned about the Education Fundamental Right Bill which the government is showing no signs of bringing in,' the Congress legislator said at a news conference. The Forum has rejected a recommendation by a sub-committee of the Prime Minister's council on trade and industry for privatisation of education. 'The principle of 'user pays', when applied to the field of education, has grave implications for national development and for the growth of a modern democratic society,' the Congress MP said. Faleiro charged Joshi with ignoring the recommendations of the steering committee set up in 1993 to look into the factual distortions of history. The committee had then highlighted gross misrepresentations of the subject in textbooks in several BJP-run states. 'Steps are yet to be taken to remove these distortions,' he added. Faleiro also criticised the government for scapping 27 scholarships instituted by the Indian Council for Social Science Research for research on Indo-Pak relations. 'The scholarships have been scrapped without any valid reason,' he stressed, adding that the decision was mischievous in view of the relations between the two countries. Sapru House row Former president of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) Harcharan Singh Josh today accused Union urban affairs minister Jagmohan of saffronising Sapru House at the behest of the RSS, reports PTI. 'Like other institutions, Jagmohan is trying to do bhagwakaran (saffronisation) of the ICWA and the Sapru House premise at the behest of the RSS,' said Josh, who was unceremoniously removed as the ICWA president. 'They had saffronised the ICCR, ICSSR, ICHR, Indira Gandhi Art Centre and now the RSS was falling on the ICWA,' Josh alleged.    


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