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Odisha Govt withdraws controversial booklet on Gandhiji

Bhubaneswar, 16/11: The  Odisha government withdrew controversial booklet on Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday following protest in the assembly and outside. The official responsible for the faux pas over the death of Gandhiji was  given compulsory retirement from the service while two offices were issued show cause notice.

This was informed by School and Mass Education Samir Ranjan Dash in the state assembly on Saturday. He was directed by the Speaker on Friday to make a statement in the House today after the issue was agitated in the assembly. Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra had demanded apology or resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over the issue. The issue had sparked off protest across the state and veteran Gandhian leaders had sought the intervention of Naveen.

The booklet published by the school and mass education department had said that Gandhiji’s death was caused due to accidental sequence of events.

School and Mass Education Minister Dash said in his statement , “ The state government had no intention to mislead the students or to change the cause of Mahatma Gandhi’s death. It was purely unintentional”.

The minister said that in respect to concern of the state assembly, the state government has withdrawn the said booklet. “ The booklet will be redistributed among the students within a month after making appropriate correction”

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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