Panaji: Refuting the information that the photo of the
first prime minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru has been removed from SSC
history books, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, on Monday, informed the State
Legislative Assembly that Pandit Nehru is seen in a photograph under caption
‘Transfer of Power’ on page 57 of the existing textbook for Class X of the Goa
Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
Sawant also stated through a written reply that the Goa
Board does not have any record as regards Vinayak Damodar Sawarkar having
written to the British regarding clemency/ to set him free when he was jailed
in Port Blair, Andaman Island.
He further informed, “The existing textbook ‘History and
Political Science’ of Class X introduced by the Goa Board makes no mention of
contribution of Vinayak Damodar Sawarkar to Goa’s struggle for freedom”.
Incidentally, the present government has unveiled a
portrait of Sawarkar in the state Secretariat, immediately after coming to
The written reply further maintains that a photograph of
Sawarkar has been added to the history book for SSC, providing his contribution
to the India’s Independence.
A page of the particular textbook furnished along with
the reply has photograph of Savarkar along with the text, “In 1904, one of the
prominent revolutionary, who had the experience of revolutionary activity in
India, Vinayak Damodar Sawarkar, popularly known as Swatantraveer founded the
‘Abhinav Bharat’ to guide the revolutionaries.”
The written reply was tabled in the House in response to
a related question by the Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco.
Source:: The Navhind Times