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Parents protest Kota school for teaching children to call them ‘Ammi-Abbu’

A private school in Kota, Rajasthan is embroiled in a dispute over a textbook used to teach class 2 students. The book contains terms and names in Urdu.
According to some reports, the book is read by the majority of non-Muslim students. The students of the second standard learn, through this book called Gulmohar, to call their parents Ammi and Abbu. The 113-page book costs Rs 352.

The “Book of Gulmohar” given to second-grade children at Shiv Jyoti Nunnery School in Kota City contains many words that have angered parents. Family members alleged that the children started asking for Biryani after reading this book and that non-Muslim children also started calling their parents Ammi and Abbu.

Parents have reported that their children, who attend an English private school, have started using phrases like Abbu and Ammi to refer to them at home, and have also started wanting Biryani to eat. Gulmohar is a book published by a Hyderabad-based publisher. The parents raised their concerns about the book with local Bajrang Dal activists, who filed a formal complaint with the education department. The book is seen as an attempt to Islamize the school curriculum.

In Gulmohar’s book, children learn to call their mother Ammi. Image source: Times Now Navbharat

The parents of the students who attend this school said, “How can these things be taught to our children in the schools? We don’t know how Biryani is made and the school asks the children to have Biryani once a week and bring it to school in their tiffins. What kind of school is this? What are they teaching our children? And what good are they doing for our children by giving such an education? »

“We are poor people, we earn our living by working hard. We enrolled our children in school in the hope that they would learn something better. But what do these schools teach them? If we wish, we can close your schools forever. But at the moment we have no intention of doing anything like that. Our children tell us that they are told at school to call their mother Ammi and their father Abbu. And children continue to love what they are taught. So why not teach them in our language? Teach them in our language. Tell them that mother means Maa and father means Baba. Why do you teach them that mother means Ammi and father means Abbu? they said again.

Another woman said of the program, “See, they teach children to call their parents Ammi and Abbu. Is it our culture? Should children be taught like this? What will be the fate of our culture if children learn like this? Schools are supposed to inculcate good values ​​and culture in children. And this school teaches children to call their parents Ammi-Abbu. Are we paying our hard earned money for it? Now look at this book. They ask the children to make Biryani at home once a week and bring it to school. Can you make Biryani? Should it be taught to children?

There are many non-Hindu characters in the book. Image source: Times Now Navbharat

Another male relative said, “This Gulmohar book is taught in a reputable convent school. The language is changed in the name of children’s education. If it had been a community school of a particular religion or faith, or a school providing religious education, then there would be no objection. But the kind of language taught here in the name of a convent school, it is clear that they are trying to alienate children from their Hindu culture.

Many characters in the book are non-Hindus. The first chapter of this book is entitled “Too big! Too small!”. In this chapter, children are taught to speak mother as a new word. The meaning of mother is given as Ammi and that of a father is given as Abbu. Another chapter of this book is titled “The grandfather Farouk’s garden”. Yogesh Renwal, the state co-organizer of the Bajrang Dal, said he had received calls from many parents about the book being taught at this school and they were complaining about the excessive use of words related to other religions.

The incident occurred during a time when there is major controversy in Jharkhand over more than 100 government-run schools rearranging the weekly holiday from Sunday to Friday, allegedly without the consent of the administration, in the predominantly Muslim sections of the state’s Jamtara. district.