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Govt 'changed history under pressure: Uddhav

Govt 'changed history under pressure: Uddhav

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: June 7, 2009

Criticising the ruling Congress-NCP combine for changing school textbooks which mentioned Maratha warrior Dadoji Konddev as the martial art teacher of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has said that the government bowed to pressure from caste groups.

Some Maratha groups had been advocating that Dadoji Kondev was not Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's mentor and demanding the omission of his name from primary school history textbooks. Konddev's name has been substituted with Shivaji's father Shahaji Raje in this year's history textbook for the primary classes.

"Under pressure from caste groups, the Congress-NCP government has modified history," said Uddhav.

Uddhav also sought an explanation from the government and the Maratha organisations as to why, during Babasaheb Bhosale's tenure, the government had bowed to minority group pressure and removed sections about Shivaji's bravery. "Why are these people who bow before the minorities objecting to the glory of Dadoji Konddev?" Uddhav questioned.

Uddhav went on to say that the Sena's demand to rename Aurangabad as Sambhaji Nagar, was opposed by the same Maratha groups. Uddhav attacked the groups for being silent on several other 'Maratha' issues, and only sticking to their opposition to Konddev. He has warned the government against bending to pressure from these groups.

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