A request letter to Shri. Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE, New Delhi to alter the remark on Shree Narayana Guru Swami
15th August 2012
Mr. Vineet Joshi,
Re: A derogatory remark made on our religious Guru Shree Narayana Guru Swami
We are one of the largest community from Kerala named “Ezhava or Thiya” and collectively we all contribute to appox 23% of the total population of Kerala. The Ezhavas and Thiyas have contributed and has produced great personalities to our country. The Ezhavas or Thiyas follow a common guru by the name “Shree Narayana Guru Swami” who was also an Ezhava or Thiya by birth.
Recently, we have come across a text book published in Kerala for STD X in CBSE, which quotes a derogatory remark on Shree Narayana Guru Swami and reads ”A guru from among low caste Ezhavas, Shri Narayana Guru proclaimed the ideals for the unity of his people. He advocated equality of all within a single sect or caste. He inspired all of them to have faith in one guru alone, that is he himself”
Sir, this is a misleading statement for our beloved Guru, who gave us many lessons in life built 100s of temples and preached to our community “Prosper through education, help one another”. The Guru was beyond caste and creed. He had transcended all those narrow considerations. Yet he had great compassion for the community where he came from.
This is quite incredible as for a person of his stature. We forget all our past. But, he doesn’t. He is not with the past. Yet he is with the past. He is with the present. And he is for Future! He feels that the future should be brilliant for the mankind – especially from the lower socio-economic state to which people were suppressed, they should be uplifted. He very well knew that then only is spiritual development possible. The real anti-dot lies in self-improvement. His thrust is chiefly on socio-economic state. He was quite aware that this could be brought about through progress in education and industry. It is not necessary that all should learn.
These kind of statement in our school text books are contradictory to our Gurus preaching, it may have adverse effect on the young minds of students from STD X and these kinds of statements in the school text book is unbecoming of any Guru and projecting a Guru in wrong sense.
We, on behalf of our Ezhava and Thiya community, request your good-self to change this statement published in text books for STD X and oblige. We will remain grateful to you and the CBSE board. If written instructions are provided to the publisher of this book from your esteemed office to make necessary changes and save the age-old image of our Guru, which has been misled and wrongly represented, unknowingly and out of ignorance.
We are enclosing herewith a soft copy of the Text Book page for your quick reference.
Thanks and regards.
Roopesh Y. Rao
Thiya Welfare Association
Note : For research on Shree Narayana Guru Swami log on to : http://www.gurudevan.info/temples-by-guru