The Epic reading app, which the public schools all over the US have in their curriculum, features the book on Narendra Modi by the same title
ALBANY (New York) — Mothers of young American students have been greatly disturbed to find out that their children are being taught Stalinist propaganda glorifying Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Asma Azeem, the Florida state coordinator of Mothers Against Teaching Hate in Schools (Project-MATHS) wrote to the members of ASPAIRE (Alliance to Save and Protect America from Infiltration by Religious Extremists), “My fourth-grader casually mentioned to me today that the Epic reading app, which the public schools all over the US have in their curriculum, features the book on Narendra Modi by the same title! I was baffled as to why little elementary school level American kids are reading a book on Narendra Modi.”
Azeem also pointed out that the book repeats the false claim by Modi that he went to a university to obtain a bachelor’s and then a master’s degree. It also regurgitates Modi’s attacks on the opposition Congress Party of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.
Azeem’s message on social media went viral and mothers in chapters of Project MAPS and members of ASPAIRE have begun responding to the appeal by Azeem to write to the school boards and the management of the Epic app.
The appeal was also picked up by a popular blogger, Dr. Aslam Abdullah who wrote, “How would a Jewish family feel if they find that their fourth-grader child is reading a book on Hitler that presents him as a world leader and hero? How would American families react if they learn that their 8-year old child reads a book on Osama bin Laden showing him as a great revolutionary in the fight against the Russian invasion in Afghanistan?”
Dr Shaik Ubaid, one of the national coordinators of ASPAIRE condemned the inclusion of Modi’s propaganda biography in the Epic collection and promised full support to the mothers of Project-Maths. He reminded the school boards that Modi was denied a diplomatic visa to the US for his government’s complicity in the 2002 Gujarat pogroms where more than 2000 Muslims were butchered, more than 500 women gang-raped and more than 185,000 people made homeless. His tourist/business visa, which had already been granted was also revoked.
Dr. Ubaid is the founder of the Coalition Against Genocide which had campaigned for the revocation of Modi’s visa in 2005