The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has dropped noted Hindi writer Krishan Chander’s story “Jamun Ka Ped” from it’s Class 10 Hindi syllabus. The Council has not specified any reason for the move.
According to the Council, the story “Jamun Ka Ped” which comes under short stories of Hindi ICSE Class 10 prescribed textbook will not be tested for the academic year 2020 and 2021 examination. The same has been intimated to all affiliated schools of ICSE accordingly.
When asked about the reason behind the move, Gerry Arathoon, Secretary and Chief Executive of the Council, refused to comment. It was also not clear whether the decision has been taken for only 2020 and 2021 academic sessions or would be reversed later.
”Jamun Ka Ped”, written in the 1960s, is a satire on bureaucratic red tape told through the story of a well-known poet who gets trapped under a Jamun tree in the lawns of a secretariat building after a thunderstorm.