According to a report by The Indian Express, the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh is now being accused of allowing glorification of Alauddin Khilji in the history books for school children. The same government had earlier opposed Padmaavat for “distorting history.”
Taking a strong stance against Khilji’s description as a valiant warrior, the Rajput Samaj on Wednesday, February 7 criticized the coverage given to his victories. They even threatened that they will take to the streets if the controversial chapter wasn’t removed from the history books approved by the state government for its Class XII students. The general secretary of the Samaj, Deepak Chouhan told The Indian Express, “We have asked the government to order the removal of the chapter immediately as it glorifies Khilji as a hero. Queen Padmavati has been mentioned only in a couple of lines but Khilji’s pursuits have been covered in 13 pages!”
“The matter has been brought to his notice and it would be referred to the standing committee of the state textbook corporation that decides syllabus. The change could be incorporated only from the next academic year,” said Deepak Joshi, who is the Minister of State for School Education.
The report also claims that the BJP has blamed the extended coverage of Khilji on the “left-leaning historians” who were apparently promoted since Jawaharlal Nehru’s time.Ironically, on Monday, February 5 the Lahore High Court had asked the Punjab Censor Board to review the film again. The decision came after a petition was submitted before the court stating that the movie portrays the history of Muslims from the subcontinent in a “wrong and distorted way”. Earlier, the Malaysian Censor Board banned the movie over concerns regarding “sensitivities of Islam”. Malaysia’s National Film Censorship Board barred filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat from releasing in the country.