BJP’s quest for knowledge: UP school students to be tested on Hindutva propaganda

Schools in UP will now be distributed Samanya Gyan Pratiyogita 2017, a 70-page booklet which contains GK questions related to Hinduism

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Schools in Uttar Pradesh (UP) will now be distributed Samanya Gyan Pratiyogita 2017, a 70-page booklet which contains GK questions and answers related to Hinduism. The book was released by the BJP president Amit Shah at the party’s headquarters in Lucknow on Monday.

As per Indian Express report, it covers topics like nationalism, Hindutva, RSS ideologues and leaders including Deendayal Upadhyaya, K.B. Hedgewar, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Veer Savarkar and Nanaji Deshmukh.

Questions have also been framed on PM Narendra Modi’s policies like demonetisation and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government, besides standard BJP agenda items like Ramjanmabhoomi, which the party claims is at the exact site where the historic Babri Masjid once stood before it was demolished by Hindutva extremists on December 6, 1992.

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The booklet is expected to help students prepare for a competitive exam the BJP is holding on August 26, for the birth anniversary of party ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya.

The model questions which the booklet contains are:

1. Who said India is a Hindu country?

Answer: Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar

2. Swami Vivekananda led which religion in ‘Dharma Sabha’ in Chicago?

Answer: Hindutva

3. Which Muslim invader did Maharaj Suheldeo cut to pieces?

(Maharaja Suheldeo ne kis Muslim akranta ko gaazar-mooli ki tarah kaat diya tha?)

Answer: Syyed Salar Masood Ghazi

4. Where is Ram Janmaboomi?

Answer: Ayodhya

5. What book did Dr Ambedkar write challenging the claims of Gandhi and the Congress about Harijans?

Answer: Congress and Gandhi Have Done

Dainik Jagran reports that the competition will be only open to students in class 9 and 10. Students from over 9,000 schools across the state, private as well as government will sit for this test.

Last month, BJP leaders were quoted by Hindustan as saying students taking part in the competition would be given a book to familiarise them with the “life and views of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, our motherland, Indian culture and our great leaders.”

According to the Indian Express, a list under the title ‘First in India’ provides information about “the first governor general, president, vice-president, Lok Sabha speaker, deputy PM, law minister, industry minister, first woman CM and woman governor” — in short, every conceivably type of dignitary — “but does not mention the first prime minister”.