The books inciting communal hatred are not published by the Kerala government!

Claim

Muslim Aslam: Hygienic, we should buy sweets from his shop

Hindu Appan: Unhygienic, nobody should buy his sweets

Muslim Adil: Hygienic & has good habits –

Hindu Abhimanyu: Unhygienic, never takes bath, smells bad

This is what the Kerala govt is teaching in their schools….. This is how commies brainwash the little kids…

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Explanation

The right-wing supporter Mr. Sinha has shared a collage image from a book. He further added a caption explaining the content of the book. According to that, both the Hindu boys mentioned in the book are unhygienic and the Muslim boys are described as hygienic. He also went on to add that, “this is what the Kerala govt is teaching in their schools and this is how commies brainwash the little kids.” You can view a similar claim post here.

What’s the truth?

We began our analysis by using a basic reverse image procedure, which helped us locate the identical book images from a 2021 tweet at X.

We obtained a tweet from Kerala’s Minister of General Education, V. Sivankutty, addressing the matter and pointing out that the book was not published by the state’s education department about the widely shared photo. His tweet read “This book is not published by the Kerala Govt’s Education Dept. Merely another endeavor to incite animosity towards the state. Those acquainted with us understand the camaraderie & unity among Keralites. No room for hatred – precisely why communal agenda fails to take root here.”

Images conveying similar messages went viral in 2016. According to the The News Minute article dated 2016, police registered an FIR against the chain of Peace International Schools in Kerala for promoting enmity among different groups based on religion.

As per The News Minute report, three publishers from Mumbai were taken into custody by the Kochi city police for printing textbooks that included offensive material and were used as part of the curricula at the Peace International School in Ernakulam.

Furthermore, using a pertinent keyword search on Google we acquired a 2018 article from The News Minute. The article stated that Kerala govt orders closure of controversial Peace School for teaching communal content. The students enrolled in the Ernakulam branch would be transferred to different institutions, it added.

Though we could not ascertain the whereabouts of the viral images that are in circulation at least from 2021, we could confirm with the above information that the Kerala government has not printed those books.

Conclusion:

Thus, we conclude that the viral image stating that the Kerala government is publishing such books inciting communal hatred is false and misleading.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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