Textbooks must meet state-specific demands: Rohith Chakrathirtha

Writer Aravind Chokkadi, however, disagrees with the view and says there is diversity even within regions.

Writer Aravind Chokkadi, however, disagrees with the view and says there is diversity even within regions.

Columnist and Textbook Review Committee Chairman Rohit Chakrathirtha on Saturday expressed the need to Indianize textbooks on science, mathematics and other subjects to meet the specific demands of each region of Karnataka.

Speaking at the session on ‘Textbook Analysis’ on the second and final day of the two-day Mangaluru Lit Fest on Saturday here, Mr Chakrathirtha said he was against having a single textbook, which , according to him, will not really meet the various needs. from different parts of Karnataka.

“We need to Indianize textbooks on social studies, math, science and other subjects that meet specific regional requirements. These manuals should have content that reflects the ethos of these regions.

Unlike Mr Chakrathirtha, writer and teacher Aravinda Chokkadi said it was difficult to have region-specific textbooks because there is also diversity within regions. “Every individual is different and we cannot have a manual for every individual. The textbooks should meet the general requirements,” he said and added, “The content of the textbook should be less and there should be more emphasis on strengthening the thinking ability of the child.

The need of the hour, Mr. Chokkadi said, was resourceful teachers, who will help in the creation of knowledge.

On a question, Mr. Chakrathirtha said that rote learning is among the concepts of Indian teaching methodology that have unfortunately been projected as anathema to students. There is a scientific basis for teaching the Vedas and Sanskrit grammar concepts through rote learning as it builds the child’s vocabulary.

Mr Chokkadi said some of the concepts are taught through rote learning. What is opposed is mechanical rote learning, which adds pressure on students. Mr. Chaktrathirta and Mr. Chokkadi agreed that grammar is an essential part of language teaching.

During the session on “Kashmir Files: Reel and Real”, actor and theater man Prakash Belawadi said that while dealing with contemporary issues in a film, it is difficult to give a convincing conclusion. The violence shown in Kashmir Files is not exaggerated and the victims of this violence are still there.

Suresh Belavadi speaking on Kashmir Movie Files at Mangaluru Lit Fest - 2022 Saturday

Suresh Belavadi speaking on Kashmir Movie Files at Mangaluru Lit Fest – 2022 Saturday | Photo credit: HS MANJUNATH

Mr. Belawadi said that the success of Kashmir Files is not due to Bollywood but to people. The film was well received across the country, with Mumbai alone showing the film on around 800 screens. It shows that compatriots are keen to know the truth, he said.

There was a session on “narratives of civilization” by writers Nitin Sridhar, Ami Ganatra and Saiswaroopa Iyer. There was also a session on “Kannadada Rajamanetanagalu” by Sonda Lakshmeesha Hegde and V. Anuradha.

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