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USSC demands new edition of GK textbook
Published on 21 Apr. 2010 12:03 AM IST
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United Sangtam Students’ Conference (USSC) has issued a memorandum to State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) Nagaland with regard to the new Nagaland Edition of Class-IV General Knowledge textbook published by State Council of Educational Research & Training for exclusion of Sangtam tribal festival under ‘the Festivals of Nagaland’ column from page 85-87 of the book.
United Sangtam Students’ Conference pointed out that it has been ‘explicitly’ mentioned that there were 16 major tribes in Nagaland however, few tribal festivals have been omitted under ‘the Festivals of Nagaland’ including ‘Mongmong’ festival of the Sangtams which was celebrated in the first week of September every year.
Terming the exclusion ‘unjustified’ and ‘highly objectionable as it does not carry the integrity of Nagas in terms of each tribal identity’, the conference had strongly refuted the exclusion and demanded for immediate ban of the textbook in the entire state.
United Sangtam Students’ Conference also demanded for public apology and a new edition to be published with the inclusion of Sangtam festival further cautioned that in the event of failure to comply with its demands, the department would be held solely responsible for any ‘untoward situations’ that may arise thereafter.

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