The Karnataka government has directed the state Textbook Committee to furnish a report on a chapter on the 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan in the middle school history textbooks, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Thursday.
"There is no confusion regarding removing the lesson on Tipu Sultan. (Education Minister S) Suresh Kumar told me that a committee has been formed. Based on the committee report, a decision will be taken," BS Yediyurappa said.
He underlined there was no change in the BJP government's stand on the issue.
Speaking to reporters in the city, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar said the senior BJP MLA Appachu Ranjan has written to him stating that Kodavas are the victims of Tipu Sultan's atrocities.
Hence, the lesson in the textbook glorifying Tipu Sultan is not justified and it should be dropped, he added, quoting the MLA.
The matter of Tipu Sultan in the textbook would be referred to the textbook committee of the state.
"I will ask the committee to give a serious thought over the points raised by Ranjan and submit to me a report. I will take further steps based on the report," Mr Kumar added.
Soon after assuming power, the BJP government led by BS Yediyurappa had decided to scrap the Tipu Jayanti, started by the previous Congress government in 2015.
Now, there is growing clamour from some BJP leaders to remove a chapter in the textbook glorifying Tipu Sultan.
Many in the BJP have claimed that the lesson ignores the atrocities perpetrated by Tipu Sultan especially in Kodagu district where they alleged large scale religious conversions were carried out by the then ruler.