Musharraf features in ‘six greatest personalities’ in Indian textbook

Pakistan Today —

Former Pakistani dictator Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf might not be among the most liked persons in India and Pakistan but a school textbook in an Indian state has listed him as one of the ‘greatest personalities’ of the region.

A book for Grade III at a private school in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh contains Musharraf’s picture and his name as one of six “greatest personalities”. Musharraf’s mention in the textbook was noticed by the District Bar Association (DBA) in Jabalpur which forced the district authorities to order Christ Asha School at Awadhpuri to withdraw the book.

“The book written by Pankaj Jain and published by Gayatri Publication has put Musharraf’s picture among the portraits of six great personalities,” Amit Sahu and Vinay Mishra of the DBA said.

“This is highly objectionable. Under the Musharraf regime in Pakistan, the Kargil War took place, in which many Indian soldiers lost their lives,” they said. Sahu also laid blame and stated that it was a folly of the nation and educational institutes in India, which were playing with the tender minds of children by telling them at such an early age, that Musharraf was a hero.

The school’s principal, Manorama Awasthi told reporters that she had taken appropriate action when the matter was brought to her notice.

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