Avantibai who? Read the NCERT textbook

Rani Avantibai rose in revolt against the British during 1857, much like Rani Laxmi Bai

In yet another example of the role played by political pressure in shaping school curriculum, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has found merit in the demand to include Rani Avantibai Lodhi in school textbooks.

Last year, following an uproar engineered by MPs of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Bahujan Samaj Party in the Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session, the HRD ministry had advised NCERT to consider the inclusion of the 19th century freedom fighter in textbooks. The protest had led to two adjournments in Parliament.

The council, apparently convinced by the ‘sentiment’ of the House, has made Rani Avantibai Lodhi a part of popular recall. The freedom fighter has been mentioned in NCERT’s social science textbook for Class VIII – on pages 58 and 59 under chapter five called ‘When People Rebel’ – from the new academic session that began last month.

Rani Avantibai rose in revolt against the British during the country’s first war of independence in 1857. She ruled over the Ramgarh state, today in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. She is known to people in the state through folklore and, that apart, there isn’t much information available. The story of her battle with the English has often been likened to that of Rani Laxmi Bai, a must-read in history curricula followed by schools across the country.

(courtesy: MailOnlineIndia & Ritika Chopra)

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan at their wedding ceremony in Palo Alto, Calif., Saturday, May 19, 2012. The ceremony took place in Zuckerberg’s backyard before fewer than 100 guests, who all thought they were there to celebrate Chan’s graduation.

Saturday, May 19, 2012. A day after taking his company public, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg added a “Life Event” on Facebook, posting a photo that shows him wearing a suit and tie with the knot loosened rather than his trademark hoodie. Standing next to him in the picture is a woman in a white gown and veil. Above the photo are the words “Married Priscilla Chan.”

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Mark married his longtime sweetheart, Priscilla Chan on Saturday — but surprisingly, didn’t add a “Relationship Status” to his Facebook page. Zuckerberg just added a “Life Event” on Facebook

The photo had been “liked” by 522205 people at the time of filing this copy. Chan’s Facebook page updated her status as married to Mark Zuckerberg.

Screen grab of Priscilla Chan’s Facebook page and relationship status after she married Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday.


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Zucherberg and Pricilla playing with their dog ‘Beast’.

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Mark turned vegetarian in 2011. Food was served family-style and included dishes from the couple’s favorite Palo Alto sushi restaurant. The couple served Burdick Chocolate “mice” for desert — they had eaten the chocolates that are in the shape of mice on their very first date..

Even after the IPO, Zuckerberg remains Facebook’s single largest shareholder, with 503.6 million shares. And he controls the company with 56 percent of its voting stock. The site, which was born in a dorm room eight years ago, has grown into a worldwide network of almost a billion people. Zuckerberg founded Facebook at Harvard in 2004.He was selected as Time’s Person of the Year in 2010, at age 26. Less than a decade later, he was ranked 14th on Forbes’ list of richest Americans, ahead of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Zuckerberg grew up in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

“Seems hard to believe that @Facebook could be worth that much–be careful if you invest. And Mark Zuckerberg–get a pre-nup,” real estate mogul Donald Trump advised on Twitter earlier in the week.

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