Police baton charge protestors in Thiruvananthapuram
Police here resorted to baton charge and lobbing of tear gas shells to disperse members of the Nadar community who were taking part in a protest on Thursday.
Under the banner of Vaikunta Swami Dharma Pracharana Sabha they held a protest demonstration against what they termed as a misleading passage about their community in history textbooks of ninth standard at the higher secondary school level.
Raising slogans, they gathered outside Raj Bhavan, the Governor's house in the city and blocked the traffic as they protested by sitting in the middle of the road.
M P Mohanan, a leader of Nadar community, said that the protest was against the adverse reference to their sect in the school syllabus.
"The agitation is regarding the misleading history of Nadar community in the CBSE syllabus of the ninth standard and we demand that the misleading history be modified by the government urgently," said M P Mohanan.
The protestors demanded modification in the syllabus at the earliest.
Vaikunta Swami Dharma Pracharana Sabha has contended that the ninth standard textbook 'India and the Contemporary World', brought out by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) there is a chapter that has wrongly interpreted 'Civic Rights and Dress Change' as 'Caste Conflict and Dress Change'.