The book is written with malicious intent and downgrades
everything that was achieved by our independence struggle,
leaders and indirectly imparts to the mind of children
that communism is the only hope and religions have no
relevance in life.
1) Impression about Nehru given to children (page 25)
Nehru became great and the world remembers him, not
because he was an "atheist" as the 7th std
book suggests to the children. (Is there nothing else
about Nehru the children should be taught?)
2) Highlighted all the small and irrelevant communist
revolts, disregarding the freedom struggle.. In the
reference also the4 children are asked to read irrelevant
pro-communist books only.
3) We have also learned About All The Superstitions
But Here In Page 17 "A 7th std student is taught
that dalits and harijans were burnt alive by upper castes
without teaching them that the situation existed in
the world and India for the last 5000 Years. This kind
of lesson only spreads hatred. This is not what children
should be taught in the classroom. Gandhiji, Raja Ram
Mohan Roy, Nehru, Annie Beasant and many others fought
untouchability, superstitions and bad practices. In
Kerala the first popular government brought land reforms,
(which even the exponent of land reforms K R Gouri says
is a failure.) governments in all other 27 states also
brought land reforms and direct payments in education.
Communists should not take all the credit. Land to the
tiller is a democratic principle not a communist theory.
4) Page 22 states that in Christiani Sabha there was/is
discrimination by upper caste converts to lower caste
What message does it give to the child? That Christianity
is bad, it practises discrimination, keep away from
it or view it with suspicion?
Christianity actually tried to do away with discrimination
that existed for 5000 years and which governments did
not do much about..
5) 27th Page, It is written that "people from
the same religion quarrel/kill each other, people from
different religions quarrel/kill each other." What
is the message? That religion teaches to hate and kill
each other? In Kerala what kills more people – religion
or politics. In Kannur 600 have been killed in political
violence and still the killings go on. All religious
killings have politics behind them. This is true for
the world. In communist countries hundreds of thousands
of anti-communists were slaughtered.
6) In reference also children and teachers are asked
to read books by communists books only.
7) Why is there a chapter on "Jeevan without religion."
since 99.9% of the children are religious.? In India
religions have huge following.
Thank you so much for publishing the book online, so
the reader could make up his/her own mind. I am not
an educational expert, but I honestly couldn't find
anything that demands such a huge uproar. Part of the
book may be revised. For example where the book suggests
the students to identify JENMIES in there village. I
really do not see the educational benefit of such an
exercise. As many of your readers agree that the OLD
JENMIES are no longer enjoying their life as their fore
fathers did. This exercise could even create a hateful
attitude towards them for no fault of their own. May
be our education should focus on preparing the next
generation for competing in the 21st century instead
of wasting time on what happened 100 or 200 years ago.
A I am not saying not to teach history, but a combination
of past and techniques to deal with the future is what
our kids need in order to succeed in their life.
I have read the book. It is an excellent book. No need
to withdraw the book.
Aboobacker M. A.
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There is absolutely nothing wrong in the textbook.
First few chapters deal with social discrimination in
Kerala and it is a known fact that communist party had
a big role in the fight against it. That may be the
reason for the current crisis, as some people don’t
want to accept it even if later chapters deal with the
national freedom fight.
Socail studies should be aimed at teaching the young
about the earlier times. In this case all the information
in the text is true and informative.
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Why are the opposition parties creating a hue and cry
over the book? Just to fool the public. If they continue
their agitation, they will lose credibility.
I don't think so the chapter on Jeevan will create
any problem in a civilised society. But talk of jathi
can create complexes among students. They can teach
Gurudeva’s words and enlighten the students of the social
setup that existed in those days.
I am a Catholic who does not go to Church and am an
anti-communist and anti-capitalist Keralite living happily
This book is sub-standard. Look at the cartoons. (Kaumudi
cartoons are classics compared what’s is in the book).
Comments like the "British rule was much better"
is an insult to people who died for freedom.
Gandhi, a genius who is ignored in India, is completely
ignored and this book is teaching about violence and
class-wars. (Indians won't understand the goodness of
Gandhi, until they live in an African country, which
achieved independence by violence. What is the condition
of Zimbabwe now? What’s the status of Angola?
I was in South Africa for 9 yrs. If you walk on the
road, you are killed for nothing. This is because they
killed for independence. Now they kill each other. Gandhi
knew this before anybody else. So he advocated non-violence.
Communists killed more people in the world than any
other organization or natural disaster. Thankfully we
achieved freedom due to Gandhi and not due to the communists
who opposed Quit India movement.
When there is a job application or admission, who’s
going to say ‘no religion’ when reservation is based
on religion? Religion is part of Indian culture providing
a sense of community belonging. There is nothing else
to replace it. A communist will be expelled from his
party if he acts against the party leader. Religion
does not do that even to a person like me who is a non-believer.
Even Baby married a Christian lady because he knew the
problems of inter-caste marriage.
If this is a plan to brainwash students in some "ideology",
it’ll fail miserably because, all sorts of information
is available on the Internet and unlike in Cuba, or
China, India is a free country (thanks to leaders of
the past like Nehru, Patel and Azad) and most of the
students in Kerala have access to Internet and libraries.
Education is messed up in Kerala. Everybody including
the media play caste and politics. It is sub-standard
compared to rest of the states in India (Still we think
we are the cleverest just like "pulavan in pottakulam").
If you don't believe me; compare the University of Poona
or Bombay with Kerala university. Come and see how Australian
universities operate. No students are killed, no college
is destroyed by student unions. What is the research
output of Universities in Kerala?
Religious groups and communists are wrong for our education.
We need someone sincere to correct it. I don't see that
happening in another 20 years.
I don’t see anything wrong in this text book. If the
religious leaders and opposition leaders want to inject
religion in little minds they shouldn’t look for the
social studies textbooks published by the government
for achieving their objectives. The objective of education
should be to make the children understand the importance
of human love and to make them respect each other irrespective
of the religion. If some political parties are more
interested in bringing up a society of bigotry and discrimination
based on religion, then they should look for other ways
to achieve their sinister aims.
I wonder why anyone is making a big deal of the book.
Mathamillatha Jeevitham: It does not say every one
should live without religion. Religion is a belief that
should be decided by the person concerned. Not by his
parents, teachers or priests. If his parents make the
decision, it is their decision not his. In the example
of an inter-caste it is left to the child. Now the child
being at class 7, he is not mature enough to make a
decision. I do not see anything wrong. Parents can teach
their children religion
2. The book talks about untouchables. Isn't true that
there are still untouchables in Kerala. If you are from
a higher caste, just talk to yourself. Does your grand
mother serve food to a low-caste guy in your house?
I am in USA, but I do have some friends of upper caste
still maintain relations based on religion. So there
is nothing wrong in how Kerala was in the past. People
who are not supporting this book are high caste, religious
people. The government should go ahead with the book.
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I see a ‘baby’ attempting to become bigger by smearing
the name of his own community. He is using the tactics
of Antony who became a leader by opposing Christianity..
CPM and CPI and other left parties will not rule or
have no hope for a future. They want to destroy everybody’s
future. They are afraid that if development comes they
will lose their following. So ‘baby’ tries to teach
children not to study and remain semi-literate taught
as he and his party men are. Baby has followers in the
SFI and hopes they will make many future babies!
Kerala. Needs to be saved. The opposition parties are
no better. They too are a destructive lot, earning money
for doing nothing!
Opposition to social studies and opposition to the
N-deal are all politics. There is no need for a discussion.
China told CPM to oppose so they are opposing the deal.
Similarly there are people opposing the book. Cherian
Philip is opposing the clergy because he is paid to
oppose. He was the conscience keeper of Congress and
when he did not get a ticket he joined with the communists.
I support the deal because Dr Manmohan Singh is not
a scoundrel and he loves his country more than the third
rate communists who supported China when it invaded
India. These communists are now talking nationalism
Even EMS was not an exception.
am a 35 year old living in Singapore, with my mother.
1) Poor kids! The book is soooo.... Boring and unsuitable
for the simple reason that this is the equivalent of
a propaganda pamphlet and does not have the qualification
to be an academic textbook.
Chapter 1: Rice shortage. There are a few points to
mention in this book.
1) Zamindar system: It is still prevalent in those
states, which are feeding us now.
2) 1957 act which removed ownership from Zamindars:
broke up big lots into small pieces of land which were
then lost in personal loans. Now that Zamindars who
were once the financiers for the crops are no longer
around, farmers depend on banks for emergencies and
either lose farms to them, sell them for pittance or
commit suicide. Tough call.
3) Adharam analysis: Words fail me... I am a graduate,
reading this along with a postgraduate beside me. We
are unable to make head or tail of that 1982 stamp paper.
I cannot answer the question posted in the book (Who
is the Zamindar?). What can a 12 year old possibly make
3) Subsequent growth and destruction of area under
paddy cultivation: People cultivated land when it was
economical to do so. For a period of time after 1957,
when they were still used to the austerities learned
during Zamindar system, farming flourished. Subsequently
it became unviable in the presence of heavy labour costs
and communist-driven obstruction of mechanization. People
started selling once the first generation was no longer
around. The reduction in area covered by paddy does
not mean that Keralites are not cultivating. We have
just changed into less labour intensive cultivation
of cash crops.
4) What can 7th std children do about this? Are they
expected to start paddy cultivation? Convince their
parents that they should convert back to paddy? This
lesson does not belong in a 7th std book. There should
be a balanced discussion of how economy has driven the
change, if the idea is to raise awareness.
Chapter 2: The casteless society. 1) Caste awareness:
In the current situation, there are few children who
are exposed to this level of casteism. Most children
barely know what caste another is from. This lesson
is a surefire way to start kids asking one another -
What is your caste? Many years of effort from generations
of people to remove this difference will be destroyed
due to this section. It does not help to remove the
difference; it will only drive it in further. Perhaps
that is the true intention.
The only time caste comes into play nowadays is during
entrance, job hunt etc, when it works against you if
you belong to a high caste.
2) Dress code debate: True meaning of fascism is increased
awareness of differences among people. To a very large
extend, the improvement and unification of clothing
developed throughout the world is due to the popularity
of western education. People have changed their mentality
towards distinctions. Again this lesson looks like it
is designed to grow fascist thought process rather than
remove it from children's mind.
3) Religion after growing up: I have been to China
where a whole generation of youngsters grew up without
any religion. Now they are free to choose their own,
but they have lost those precious childhood years when
most of our brain capacity growth happens. I met a few
who were searching for a teacher to tell them more about
their ancient (Taoist) beliefs, but have no guidance
as the leaders are also few and far in between. Faith
grows and takes root in childhood. Miss out on that,
and you miss out on something very fundamental in life.
Chapter 3: Freedom fight. 1) Meaning of freedom: We
need to teach everyone some economics. Fundamental economics
is missing from our curriculum and that is half the
problem with our state. Freedom includes the right to
not cultivate if it is not worth the effort to do so.
The question that legislature should be asking themselves
is, why do people choose to leave land barren rather
than bother to cultivate. That should be a project for
both ruling and opposition parties.
2)Patriotism : I do not think we lack patriots in India.
People still love the land. All I can say is, show by
example that grown ups value hard work, helping one
another, and 12 year olds will follow.
3) Child soldiers in a textbook? Shanti and Sunita:
Really, what are they trying to tell the kids? That
it is ok for 12 year olds to shoot people so long as
it is against oppression? Naxalites are justified? Is
that the role models they want kids to associate with?
4) 1990 illegal brewery in Vellarada : This is a law
and order situation. The government should have handled
it. Why should it come down to people to resist a clearly
illegal, immoral and dangerous activity? What are children
supposed to learn from this? Our police is useless?
How does this fit into the topic of discussion anyway?
I would be very concerned if my child were to study
such sheer propaganda. Social discussion is good, but
balanced discussion is a must. This text is as bad as
the US law, which prohibits teaching of Darwin's laws
without corresponding theological discussion in the
Hima and Geetha
Why should anybody fear the content of the text? In
school curriculum we teach every student about truth,
non-violence, hard-work, social and moral life, the
impact of alcoholism, social evil of dowry system etc
etc. But after years
of teaching, we cannot even control society’s evils.
There is dramatic increase in evils like alcoholism,
violence and such.
Communism is not a crime. I belief that Communism is
not only a political idea, it is something higher than
that, such like a social-economical and political living
style. I have no doubt that, the intellectual development
of Kerala is mainly due to the communist impact on the
state. It has played a role in social and political
events. Since, education is a continuous process, teaching
some communist history or idea in one standard is not
a mistake. There is no "Congress history"
"Communist history" in India, only "Indian
history" as a curriculum.
The suggested curriculum enables the young generation
to analyze social, economical, political, scientific,
logical and personal problems and make good decisions.
is very essential to promote this type of curriculum
to challenge and make young generation think.
I can see a hidden agenda to attract the student’s
thoughts to the "previous" communist government’s
achievements and policies. Policies of the present communist
party and the government are in name only and no different
from those of other political parties including Congress
and BJP. If every government tries to promote their
achievements/policies through textbooks, then with the
current situation in Kerala we can see changes in "textbooks"
every five years!!!
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Thousands of Keralites living in other states and abroad
must have read the controversial textbook thanks to
you. After going through the entire book I wondered
why the opposition and church leaders are against its
In our school days I could not get a chance to see the
copy of any legislation or act. But now we’ve the gazette
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Life without Religion is a wonderful and thought provoking
story! The message it gives to everyone is quite deep.
Opposition is trying to mix religion with politics—nobody
wants to know what the common people or even kids have
to say about it. If LDF was in opposition, I bet, they
too would be doing what UDF is doing.
I can understand the feeling of religious fundamentalists
who see such open views as threat to their survival.
They will always like people to believe that this universe
and life in it is the work of some Creator.
Religion, at some point of time, really helped to shape
this world. But these days it is becoming a burden and
doing more harm than good—all the violence we see today
in the world has something to do with religion.
It is very difficult to make adults to open their eyes
and the beauty of life. Schools are the best place to
start and we can hope for a generation where people
loved each other.
We need only knowledge. The book mentions that the
students have to enquire about the "Janmi"
in their area. If a student finds out that one of the
classmates is from "Janmi” family but, now they
are poor and studying in the same class and sitting
on the same bench, what will happen? This is very dangerous
book. Keralites’ blood is the same -- there is no caste,
no religion. Outside Keralites are sleeping and eating
in one room because we are Malayalees and bonded together.
This chapter only serves to divide the students. Give
students high level knowledge. Nobody is asking about
ancient history. The student needs peace, politeness
and love. Not politics.
This is an excellent book especially as it teaches
the importance of agriculture, love of nature and such.
We should beat the brain washing by the media. People
have right to judge things by being presented with facts.
Pubish 'Hyde Act' and 123 agreement.
The book is well presented but it does try to inject
certain beliefs in young minds. Why are they silent
about today's criminal politics. In Kerala politics
is killing people every day, not religion.
A simple question: Is a powerful Marxist party member
willing to marry a powerful Congress party leader? If
the government wants to promote mixed religious marriages
let them promote mixed political marriage too.
As I read it, there is nothing in the book which hurts
religion. The agitation seems to be a bad political
game with the hope of achieving something hidden. This
kind of activities should not be encouraged in a civilized
society in the larger interest of the people.
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I found nothing against religions or sects. The lessons
in the book are important in a multi-religious society.
The book discusses contemporary social issues and would
provoke the students to think critically. Education
should help students become socially responsible citizens
and I think the book provides the right direction. The
objection from religious sects is because of this.
I request the people who are revolting against the book
to read chapter 3 in the book. There is a discussion
about freedom. Think whether you are doing the right
thing or you are becoming a nuisance to the society.
Congress as a party has done great things for the country
but now I think they have become a group of thugs and
opportunists. They are supporting these religious groups
just to get "Secular Vote" in the next election.
I don't understand how this lesson became so controversial
in modern, educated Kerala. I‘m ashamed the state has
become a place for insane people and hypocrites; a real
Brandhalaya. Why should someone be afraid of teaching
the truth to children
Almost 10 years ago, I had the same situation of 'Mathamillatha
Jeevan' when I enrolled my kid in 1st grade of a Government
School in Kerala; the school staff was quite annoyed
with my answer that my son is a religionless/casteless
There is bias in the extra readings recommended for
teachers. There are better books and resources other
than Chintha and Parishathu publications that children
can understand and use to critically analyze their observations.
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There nothing controversial in this. It’s a revolutionary
step in the history of our education movement to modernise
and innovate the curriculum. The story of "Jeevan
", " Echil ", and Nehru's words from
his will etc.. Can put a spark of thought in young brains
I found nothing against any religion. On the other
hand ithebook will push one to think rationally.
It also does not neglect or sideline the importance
of religion as it presents the good teachings of blessed
thinkers from major religions in the world.
In my opinion this textbook is not going to do any
harm to the beliefs of our students. They will understand
religion in a better way than their peers. The message
here is loud and clear: religion is not everything in
the world when we have common problems like unemployment,
poverty, epidemics, natural calamities which do not
spare anyone on the basis of their belief or religion.
It is stupid to think these children will become communists
when they grew up!
The lesson can help to slow down the intensity of religious
hatred by helping students to accept that no system
in this world is perfect and we all belong to common
humanity. We all need both religion as well as rational
thinking for good cause, yes a middle path is the best
way as long as we find science and all religions are
not capable of giving you answers or solutions to each
and everything in this world. Who knows what truth is?
None! Our explanations of truth are based on our five
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There I s a hidden agenda of the polit bureau to influence
youg minds with the fundamentals of communism. Jeevan
is a symbol of the principles of Sri Narayana Guru.
Nobody is discussing the sayings of GuruA. Let the children
prepare themselves to become good citizens and not politicians.
Otherwise Kerala will become a vast Kannur.
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If people want to follow western ways they should remember
there is no place in their textbooks for religion or
caste. These leaders who protest at this book won’t
think about caste or religion when approaching a girl
for sex or when they go to a bar. In 1957 M N Govindan
Nair was elected from Mavelikara. I then saw some homes
burned down by their landlord. Do these leaders want
to bring back those days? I do not find anything wrong
in this book
I don’t know what the problem in that book is. What
is included in that book happens every day, round the
year. This is a good lesson to everybody, not students
alone. Those opposing it want to exploit caste. Politicians
are trying to bar youngsters from education. In colleges
they are doing the same thing. So don’t consider any
political influences against this book. Go ahead.
I couldn't see anything wrong with this textbook. Nowhere
is relgion mentioned as bad or that one should follow
Why are the priest are against this ? They should be
spending time educating the people about the importance
of religion than wasting their time.
They shouldn't act like puppets in the hands of the
The protest against this text book is actually a boon
Almost all people are aware of the contents of the
book and the students have already learned the portions
through serious discussions.
Politicians know there is nothing in this text book
and it is not going to make any impact.
There is nothing in the book to ban. But I noticed
a comparative study about upper caste and lower caste
people. It should not be there because casteism in Kerala
is nothing compared to other states like U.P., Rajasthan,
Orissa, Gujarat etc. Why should we highlight things
happened many years ago?
From Class one onwards we are studying about Gandhiji.
Do you think any body follows him? Why should we worry
whether the children will follow Jawaharlal Nehruji
or Communist Party?
Creating controversies of every subject and calling
strikes and destroying public property are a hobby of
Keralites. May God help them.
It is really funny that, Congress, Muslim League and
Are striking for the removal of 7th standard book.
Most of the 7th standard students have already read
that chapter more than 7
Times because of this controversy.
I don’t believe that any of the student read that book
will go against
God or they will join Communist Party.
I carefully went through the most controversial subjects:
1. Mathamillatha Jeevitham: Hey, anti-government supporters.
The book does not say every one should live without
religion. Religion is a belief and you should decide
it. Not your parents, your teachers or priests. If your
parents make the decision, it is their decision not
yours. In the example of an inter-caste it is left to
the child. Now the child being at class 7, he is not
mature enough to make a decision. I do not see anything
wrong. Parents can teach religion to kids. However being
born from the parents of religion A. Doesn't mean that
the kid has to follow religion A.
2. I have seen the book talking about untouchables.
Isn't true that there are still untouchables in Kerala?
If you are from a higher caste, just talk to yourself.
Do your grand mother serve food for a low-cast guy in
your house? I am in USA, but I do have some friends
of upper class who still maintain relations based on
religion. So the point is teaching our guys how our
Kerala was in the past is nothing wrong. My opinion
is people who are not supporting this book are high-class,
I feel ashamed of our religious heads and political
This is a well-drafted textbook. I sincerely appreciate
those who prepared it. Those who agitate against this
textbook are playing with fire.
Even the secular parties do not realize that similar
demands are made on
CBSE textbooks by religious fanatics.
Someone in this feedback form has wrongly translated
(He translated as Life without Religion). People like
him who do not read
Or do not understand the methodology used in this book
and its essence are agitating against the textbook.
I am sure he has not read the textbook. It must be translated
as '' Religionless Jeevan " Jeevan is name of the
boy not 'life' in this context.
Please stop meaningless agitation against this text
book. This book is very good, secular and neutral.
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