After Award & Memorial, MP CM Says Padmavati to Be in Syllabus

Similarly, a ‘Maharana Pratap Award’ has been instituted to laud ‘gallantry’, Chouhan announced.

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

After instituting an award and announcing a memorial in the name of the Rajput queen Padmavati, the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, on 22 November, that the life saga of the queen would be made a part of the state school curriculum from 2018 so that students learn "correct history".

The announcement was made him at a programme organised by the Samagra Rajput Samaj in Ujjain.

Chouhan on Monday announced that a memorial for Padmavati would be built at a site in the state capital, where a soldiers’ memorial had earlier been proposed.

He also announced that an award ‘Rashtramata Padmavati Award’ has been instituted by his government in the alleged erstwhile queen’s honour, to commemorate people for "doing outstanding work for protecting the honour of women."

Similarly, a ‘Maharana Pratap Award’ has been instituted to laud ‘gallantry’, he said.


Chouhan made this announcement at an event where BJP's Madhya Pradesh chief Nandkumar Singh Chauhan called Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali a "sinner" and alleged that in the movie 'Padmavati', history had been tampered with for the sake of money.

In his speech, the Chief Minister said that the movie would not be allowed to be screened if it "distorted facts" or breached the honour of the legendary Rajput queen.

The film included distorted historical facts. MP government would not allow its screening till the controversial scenes were removed.
CM Chouhan as quoted by Times of India

He also said that queen Padmavati was a "true reflection of the Indian woman".

"We have been studying about the rare sacrifice and dedication of queen Padmavati since our childhood," he said referring to the legend that the queen had committed "jauhar" (self immolation) before Chittor could be captured by Alauddin Khalji in 13th-14th century.

(With inputs from PTI)

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