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Bihar: A dispute over a class 7 question recognising Kashmir as a country

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PATNA: The state education minister has called for an investigation into the paper setter’s “glaring blunder” after a Class 7 test question from a Kishanganj school in Bihar caused a significant controversy in the political world.

Chandrashekhar, the state’s minister of education, told the media that he has requested Kishanganj’s district magistrate to look into the incident and file a report as soon as possible. He declared that the individual who put this question in the examination will face harsh punishment.

In the aforementioned exam, the pupils’ English paper required them to name the citizens of China, Nepal, England, Kashmir, and India.

Surprisingly, the same question was posed in the Vaishali school exam in 2017, and at the time it had caused a commotion in the political world.

“Nitish Kumar is so restless with his desire to become the Prime Minister that they are forcing anti-national question papers on the pupils of class 7,” said the comment that accompanied the question paper when it was posted on Sanjay Jaiswal’s social media accounts.

Sushant Gope, the president of the BJP’s Kishanganj district, stated: “This is an attempt to give breath to the politics of appeasement of the Mahagathbandhan. In order to separate Kashmir and India in children’s thoughts, there is an effort. It is not an error; instead, it is a part of Nitish Kumar’s scheme to gather political capital before the next round of elections.

The education minister disagreed, stating that this was just a paper setter’s error and shouldn’t be given a political spin. Such errors do happen occasionally, and the government has already taken action to correct the error and penalise those responsible, he said.

The minister made fun of the outrage being expressed by BJP leaders over this matter by posing the question of what they did when Prime Minister Narendra Modi combined Taxila and Nalanda as parts of Bihar.

Sushant Gope, the president of the BJP in Kishanganj, claims that this is an effort to legitimise the Mahagathbandhan’s appeasing strategies. In children’s minds, Kashmir and India are being kept apart. It is not a mistake; rather, Nitish Kumar is using it as part of a strategy to gain support ahead of the next round of elections.

The education minister disagreed, stating that this was just a paper setter’s error and shouldn’t be given a political spin. Such errors do happen occasionally, and the government has already taken action to correct the error and penalise those responsible, he said.

The minister poked fun at the uproar being generated by BJP leaders on this subject.

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