Two days after Zilla Parishad schools in Solapur district were asked to observe February 14 as a “gratitude day” towards parents and pay tribute to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, the education officer who issued the circular scrapped it after realising the goof up on the date of hanging of the three freedom fighters. In the circular, Education Officer (Primary), Solapur Zilla Parishad, Tanaji Ghadge had directed all block education officers and administrative officers to organise a “gratitude day” in schools by inviting parents of students and asking students to express gratitude by performing ‘aarti’.
However, the circular didn’t have any reference to the Valentine’s Day which falls on February 14, with Ghadge terming the timing a coincidence. The circular stated that since Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged on February 14, schools should pay tribute to three martyrs and also asked teachers to appeal the parents to help schools monetarily for development. However, city-based education researcher Kishor Darak has written a letter to Director of Primary Education seeking withdrawal of the circular, which he said is ignorant about history. “It is a fact and there are substantive historical proofs that all three martyrs were hanged on March 23. Content in the circular shows that there is ignorance about history on administrative level.
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“Followers of a godman, who is currently in jail for sexually assaulting a minor, have been observing Valentine’s Day as a gratitude day for parents. Asking schools to organise similar programme is an act of cultural terrorism,” he said.
Darak criticised the order for asking teachers to raise donations from parents for development of schools.
Meanwhile, Ghadge told PTI they have withdrawn the circular and attributed the reference about the hanging of the trio to an “inadvertent typing error”. “The moment I came across the mistakes in the letter, I have scrapped and withdrawn the circular as it was wrongly mentioned in the letter that martyrs were hanged on February 14,” he said.