Published On: Tue, Mar 5th, 2019

Rajasthan proposes Abhinandan’s bravery story to be part of school syllabus

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Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is silently becoming synonymous to bravery. His story will now be reflected in school books of students in Rajasthan.

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Rajasthan education minister Govind Singh Dotasra has proposed to introduce bravery story of the pilot, who has done his schooling in Jodhpur, in school syllabus of the state.

As a bid to honor the pilot Dotasra tweeted the proposal Monday and posted the same on a Facebook post with hashtag AbhinandanDiwas. He didn’t mention details as to students of which classes would read the bravery story.

Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani F-16 warplane using a previous generation MiG21. He was captured by Pakistan’s police and had to spend hours in custody. With India’s best-of-the-best diplomacy over the issue he was released and returned home Friday night. He thereafter emerged as a hero in the country.

Dotasra had earlier proposed to include stories of Indian troops who died in the February 14 Pulwama attack carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists. The syllabus review committee accepted his proposal.

Dotasra earlier accused the past government of politicizing education and neglecting culture, history and personalities in textbooks. He constituted two syllabus review committee to review the syllabus.

Meanwhile, Nanesh Advanced Hair and Beauty Studio of Koramangala in Bengaluru is offering a free haircut and shave to people who wants to get a moustache like Abhinandan. The salon is offering respect to the pilot’s gallantry in his own way.

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