These are the kind of text books, I think, Khaps and various Moral-senas might like Indian children to be taught from. Some of these are religious beliefs and some personal prejudices.
Reminds me of a lesson in my kids’ Hindi book, in Class V, in a CBSE school in Kochi, where Rama’s explains to Sita in great details, exactly why he wanted her to take the Agni Pariksha. I wish I had the book with me today, it was an excerpt from some well known writing I think. How are parents expected to react to something they strongly disagree with being taught in their kids’ school? I made sure my kids knew that a wrong remained a wrong, no matter who committed it; and to judge people by their actions, not by what everybody else seem to think of them.
In 1970s and 1980s, we were taught about human values, honesty, compassion, charity, truth, Unity in Diversity, Indian Constitution and how it made everybody equal; and about listening to our inner voice when unsure about what was the right thing to do. For years, it was a routine, for me, to count all the good and bad (based on that inner voice called conscience) things done that day, so I know what children are taught in school could remain with them life long. That’s what makes lack of logic a dangerous thing to teach little children.
Non-vegetarians lie, cheat, commit sex crimes: school textbook [Link shared by R]
1. …the Class 6 book titled New Healthway: Health, Hygiene, Physiology, Safety, Sex Education, Games and Exercises. On page 56, the books says about non-vegetarians, “They easily cheat, tell lies, they forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes.”
2. “it is the waste products which largely produce the flavour of meat”.
3. About Japanese diet:
“They are vegetarians and live longer than most other peoples. The generous use of green leafy vegetables, soya beans and grams has helped the people to maintain vigour, strength and endurance throughout the centuries” No mention of the fish in Japanese diet.
4. While talking about life lessons, the book advocates marriage for girls between 18 to 25. “To get married without a bad name is a dream of every young girl.” [Read the entire news article here. And, more here]