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Students learning only about Stalin and Lenin, new NCERT syllabus to teach Gandhi and Bose, says Biplab Kumar Deb

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday complained about the syllabus in schools, and said that the textbooks were teaching students "only" about former Soviet Union president Joseph Stalin and communist leader Vladimir Lenin, instead of Indian leaders.

He said that his government is working to introduce new NCERT syllabus to focus on Indian leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, former president Late APJ Abdul Kalam, reported The Indian Express.

 Students learning only about Stalin and Lenin, new NCERT syllabus to teach Gandhi and Bose, says Biplab Kumar Deb

Image of Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb. Twitter/@BjpBiplab

Addressing an event at Tripura University, Deb alleged that the syllabus is schools and colleges ''seemed to have been prescribed by a political party". “It is very tough to see Indian history in textbooks these days. All that they have are Stalin, Lenin and the Russian Revolution," he said.

Tuesday's comments by the Tripura chief minister are the latest in his string of bizarre and controversial statements.

On Saturday, Deb said that one of Narendra Modi's brothers drives an auto rickshaw, while another is a grocer. "Their mother lives in a 10x12 room — tell me is there any prime minister like this in the world?" he was quoted as saying by NDTV.

In August, he had suggested that ducks be added to Tripura's water bodies as it would lead to rise in oxygen levels in the water and which would help fishes breathe better. Earlier in May, he had also claimed that Rabindranath Tagore had rejected his Nobel prize in protest against the British government.

In the past, Deb was also mocked over social media for statements on the internet being invented at the time of the Mahabharata, and that Gautam Buddha had crossed the sea by foot to reach Japan.

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Updated Date: Oct 03, 2018 18:01:59 IST