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Controversy: ICSE textbook depicts mosque as source of noise pollution

04 Jul 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
ICSE textbook under fire for 'insulting' mosques

An image in a Class VI textbook under the ICSE has created a furore for depicting mosques as a source of noise pollution.

This comes a few days after Sonu Nigam faced backlash on social media for complaining about the sound of azaan.

In response, people have started an online petition against the publishers. The ICSE has, meanwhile, absolved itself of responsibility.

In context: ICSE textbook under fire for 'insulting' mosques

04 Jul 2017Controversy: ICSE textbook depicts mosque as source of noise pollution

DetailsPublishers apologize, assure it won't be repeated in later editions

The picture in question on page 202 of the Class VI Integrated Science textbook has an image of a man shutting his ears, and images of a train, cars, a plane and a mosque, all depicted as emitting noise.

Selina Publishers has apologized. Publisher Hemant Gupta said the "structure resembling a portion of a fort" won't be visible in subsequent editions of the book.

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ICSE puts the onus on schools and publishers

Meanwhile, Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the CICSE, said that the board doesn't publish or prescribe textbooks, so it is the school and publishers' responsibility to resolve the matter.