India: “Now, Maoists writing kids’ textbooks”

[The Gondi dialect was long kept in unwritten form by the British colonial empire and this continued to be the practice of the “post-independence” Indian state.  Maoists took up the challenge, and produced a written Gondi language and a literacy program along with it.  Now the state repressive forces are, they say, SHOCKED to discover children’s books in Gondi.  See, below, an earlier news report on Maoist educational programs. — Frontlines ed.]


Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times
Raipur, October 22, 2012

Chhattisgarh police found something out of the ordinary during a recent raid at a Maoist camp in Abujhmad forest: Primary-level textbooks for children. Police fear the books — which cover subjects ranging from social studies to mathematics — are being used by Naxals to teach Maoist propaganda to children in the area.

“We only had sketchy inputs about Naxals teaching their doctrines. This is the first time primary-level books have been recovered in Bastar zone”, Narayanpur superintendent of police Mayank Shrivastava said.

The books, mostly in Gondi dialect, are published by the education wing of the Dandakaranya committee of CPI (Maoist), and narrate the ‘struggle’ of the rebels. 


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