Delhi Publisher tenders apology for publishing sensitive content in text book, says mistake was ‘unintentional’

Srinagar: After facing heat for publishing sensitive content in the text book, Delhi based Publisher has tendered unconditional apology saying it all happened due to lack of knowledge about prohibition of picturization in the Islam.

The administration has asked all the school to withdraw the book while it has also directed police to take strict action against Delhi-based publisher and a local distributor for circulating a class VII social studies book that allegedly carries content of a sensitive nature.

In its letter dated December 5 to Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar District Administration said, “Chief Education Office, Srinagar has informed this office that a Delhi based publishing house, JAY CEE Publications (P) Ltd has published a social studies book for class 7th wherein content of sensitive nature has reportedly been published and is in circulation. The said book is being stocked and then distributed by Paradise Book Shop, Srinagar. Keeping in view the above, it is requested to take stern action against the said publishing house as well as the distributor of the book as per law.”

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Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) has said that the book “History and Civics” edition-2020 for class VII published by the Delhi-based publication has hurt the sentiments of people.

The Board has accordingly directed all the schools affiliated with either with Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) or JKBOSE to withdraw the book immediately.

“All the schools of UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh affiliated either with CBSE, JKBOSE or any other Board of the country are directed not to use the textbook of ”History and Civics”, Edition, 2020 for class 7th published by JAY CEE PUBLICATIONS Pvt Ltd., New Delhi and if the textbook is being used in any school, it must be withdrawn immediately, otherwise strict action as warranted under provisions of law shall be initiated,” reads the notification of Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE).

“While condemning the act of publication of certain material that has hurt the sentiments of the people, the publisher is directed to withdraw this textbook immediately from all the schools wherever it has been distributed, in spite of the publishing house having regretted the mistake made by them,” it adds.

Meanwhile, JAY CEE PUBLICATIONS Pvt Ltd., New Delhi has tendered an unconditional apology saying that: “Most humbly and respectfully, i J. C Goyal, Director of JAY CEE PUBLICATIONS Pvt Ltd., due to lack of knowledge about prohibition of picturization in the Islam, we made an unintentional mistake in our book “History & Civics Books 07, edition 2020 Chapter 02, page number 33, which has hurt the religious sentiments of our respected brethren. We as a whole team of JAY CEE PUBLICATIONS Pvt Ltd., apologize and highly regret for the inconvenience, thus caused to our respected brothers and friends. We also promise and ensure to all of our brothers and friends that the mistake will not be repeated in future editions. We are very grateful to all of our brothers who have so kindly pointed out the mistake in the book,” the apology note reads. (KNT)




Neyaz Elahi

Neyaz Elahi, who switched from Electronic to Print Media is a Kashmir based Accredited Journalist who has written extensively on Kashmir for local, national and international web portals. He is currently associated with Srinagar based News Agency Kashmir News Trust (KNT).

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