"How Did Gandhiji Commit Suicide?" Question Rattles Gujarat Education Board
During our schools days, in our history lessons about India’s independence struggle, we were taught that Nathuram Vinayak Godse assassinated Mahatma Gandhi by shooting him at point-blank range on 30 January 1948. That’s what most of us learned in our childhood, caring to remember the answer to an important question in the exams.
But it seems in Gujarat, the home state of Mahatma Gandhi, schools have a different take on how Gandhi died. A question in a school exam on how Mahatma Gandhi committed suicide sent the Gujarat education authorities into a tizzy. This led them to initiate an inquiry into the matter.
The question read: “Gandhijiye aapghaat karwa maate shu karyu?” (How did Gandhiji commit suicide). It appeared in Gujarati in internal assessment examination of Class 9 students in schools run under the banner of ‘Sufalam Shala Vikas Sankul’.
The aforementioned banner is an organization of some self-financed schools and educational institutions getting government grants in Gandhinagar.
But Gandhi’s suicide is not the only question that is bothering the education authority. Another question that appeared the exam papers of Class 12 students raised the authority’s eyebrows too. The question asked the students about “writing a letter to district police chief complaining about the rise in the sale of liquor in your area and nuisance created by bootlegger”.
Gandhinagar’s District Education Officer Bharat Vadher told PTI, “A cluster of self-financed schools and those getting grants included these two questions for internal assessment exams held on Saturday. These questions are highly objectionable, we have initiated an inquiry. Action will be taken after the report comes in.”
Vadher further added that the question papers were all set by the management of these schools, are run under the banner of Sufalam Shala Vikas Sankul and the state education department had no relation with it.