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NCERT : 'Kishenji' mention in book is PSP former MP Kishen Patnaik

New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) today said that the news of NCERT publishing some content on the slain Naxalite leader M Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji are absolutely untrue.

In a statement here, the NCERT said that the name 'Kishenji' mentioned in political science textbook Democratic Politics-II for class X was not a reference to the Naxal leader but to Kishen Patnaik, former Praja Socialist Party (PSP) MP from the Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat.

The statement said that the inspiration behind this narrative on page 76 was Shri Kishen Patnaik (1930-2004), who was elected as a Member of Parliament from Sambalpur, Odisha in 1962. He passed away in 2004.

"The textbook was published in March 2007, wherein it was mentioned that “Kishenji is no more”. No change has been made on this page since then. The Naxalite leader Kishenji was killed in 2011. It is obvious that the book published in 2007 could not have referred to the Naxal leader as dead, who was actually killed in 2011," the statement added.

NCERT said that the content given on page 76 will be reviewed before the next reprint. Referring to the conversation in the chapter 'A Moral Force in Politics' between four women and added that the entire discussion takes place in the context of democratic reforms through constitutional means and added that no reference was made to any Naxal leader.

NCERT said it appeared that the name Kishenji "created misunderstanding".

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