statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 31 AUG: CPI-M leader, Mr Sitaram Yechury, has written to the Personnel Minister, Mr V Narayanasamy, demanding withdrawal of the “objectionable” distance learning module on values in administration prepared by his Ministry for government programmes.
In a letter to the Minister released today, Mr Yechury said though the document’s objective is to teach through distance learning the supervisory staff of the government, it makes no effort to base the subject content on the Indian Constitution and constitutional values such as equality, fundamental rights and equity.
Instead, the document talks about values derived from what the author calls “Indian Insights of Human Values,” and then identifies such values virtually with Hindu religious texts and beliefs like values for administration based on Sattwik, Rajo and Tamoshik Guna.
The text denigrates various political parties and identifies itself with the values intrinsic to erstwhile princely rulers of states, the CPI-M leader said.
In the case of Kerala, it makes the astounding claim that all advances in Kerala have taken place due to the enlightened rule of the former Maharaja of Travancore and makes disparaging remarks about the Communists and the Communist government in Kerala, he said.
“Values in administration cannot be derived from some so-called inner universal values based on a Hindu outlook but the values that have been enshrined in the Indian Constitution. Any document developed for administrative personnel of the government must show how the values in the Indian Constitution must reflect in its practice and to strengthen a secular democratic Republic,” Mr Yechury said.
“Not only does the above volume not fulfil this purpose, it actually harks back to medieval values that have little to do with modern administrative values and could even be harmful to it,” Mr Yechury wrote.