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Kozhikode: The questions in the plus two sociology term exam, held on Tuesday, have caused controversy. There are complaints that several questions are likely to lead to unnecessary interpretations. The 11th question in the paper was: Who said “Minorities are an explosive force which, if it erupts, can blow up the whole fabric of the State?” Teachers claimed that the question could instil narrow ideas in children.
As the statement made by Dr BR Ambedkar was taken out of context, the chief architect of the Indian Constitution himself would be misunderstood, alleged the teachers.
One of the chapters in the syllabus discusses what minorities are and the support that the nation should provide them. The remark in question was made by Ambedkar at the time of the making of the Indian Constitution. Taking the example of a specific community in Maharashtra, Ambedkar was talking about the need to bring the backward class into the mainstream.
There are also allegations that several of the questions in the exam were from outside the syllabus. The question paper was prepared both in English and Malayalam. Criticism has cropped up that the meaning of some of the Malayalam questions was different from the ones in English.