Freudian slip?: Indian education board 'recognises' Kashmir as separate country

Published: October 11, 2017


The education board of India’s Bihar state has apparently ‘recognised’ that Kashmir is not a part of India, but a separate country, The Times of India reported.

A question paper prepared by the state board for class-VII students across all government schools asked them to name what the people of five countries — China, Nepal, England, Kashmir and India — were called.

The examinations commenced on October 5 and ended on Wednesday. They were conducted under the Centre’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which is overseen in the state by the Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC), a wing of the state education department.

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A student of Vaishali district pointed out the “error” on Tuesday. When asked about it, Vaishali district education officer Sangeeta Sinha said, “I was on leave and have just resumed work. I will have to look into the matter,” she told The Times of India over the phone on Tuesday.

BEPC state programme officer Prem Chandra, however, knew about the “gaffe”. “It’s very embarrassing, I admit,” he said and called it a printing error.

Sources in the education department said the question papers for the BEPC examinations are prepared centrally though they are printed at multiple locations.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947 but both claim the territory in its entirety.

Separatist groups have fought for decades roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the disputed territory, demanding independence or merger of the Himalayan region with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Majnu
    Oct 11, 2017 - 7:55PM

    In last 70 years one country has reached till Mars while the other is still trying to reach Kashmir.Recommend

  • Junaid Ali
    Oct 11, 2017 - 8:11PM

    Finally truth has been spoken by their own people Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 11, 2017 - 9:11PM

    its just a slip for gods sake . stop making mountains out of molehills . Recommend

  • AAA
    Oct 12, 2017 - 2:33AM

    Movie ‘Secret Superstar’ shows the true face of regressive, violent and abusive islam and its practices in daily lives of muslims like punishing women for singing, dancing, driving, watching sports all across the world. However, if muslims specially men can learn anything from this movie, it will be a great service by the makers to the entire community. Else they will continue to tread on the path of violence, abuse and backwardness.Recommend

  • M.Paul
    Oct 12, 2017 - 9:03AM

    It is is small clerical level mistake form lowest level education board at state level. It may happend any where. It is not a speak of President of India. Why your giving importance to school level ordinary questions?Recommend

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