Humpty Dumpty Bad Boy

This is hilarious. I don’t understand where these politicians come from, and who makes these decisions. I think its time the politicians “had a big fall”

Humpty Dumpty ruled ‘too Western’

It’s goodbye to Baa Baa Black Sheep and Humpty Dumpty for children in primary schools in a central Indian state.

The Madhya Pradesh government has banned the teaching of English nursery rhymes in primary schools to “reduce Western influence” on children.

Indian rhymes will now replace their popular English counterparts.

“There is no need for English rhymes when there are Indian rhymes to infuse patriotism in children,” says state education minister Narrotam Mishra.

They were melodious rhymes and children love to recite them as much as they love to recite Indian rhymes

School teacher Renu

He has asked government primary schools from now on to teach Indian rhymes and tales from the life of Ahilya Bai, the legendary ruler credited with building a number of leading temples in India.

“We want our children to have value education in local colour,” Mr Mishra was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times newspaper.


Many teachers and parents say they are unhappy with the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-run state government’s move.

“They were melodious rhymes and children love to recite them as much as they love to recite Indian rhymes,” Renu, a school teacher, told the BBC.

“Seeing everything in the light of native and foreign, ours and theirs, is not always good,” added a parent.

The BBC’s Faisal Mohammad Ali in Bhopal says the decision to drop English rhymes is being seen as part of the BJP’s efforts to “nationalise” education and press for Hindu thoughts and values in the syllabus.

Leading academician Zamiruddin told the Hindustan Times that the decision was “churlish and thoughtless” unless the government replaced the rhymes with equally popular and easy-to-learn Indian ones.

Private schools are unaffected by the move – and of course nobody can stop the children reciting English rhymes away from state school classrooms, our correspondent says.


English nursery rhymes have been the subject of many controversies around the world in recent years.

In 2000, education chiefs at Birmingham City Council in the UK published guidelines warning that the rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep should not be taught in schools because it was “racially offensive”.

The guidelines were dropped after black parents condemned the advice as ridiculous.

Three years ago, tongue-in-cheek Canadian researchers found that some nursery rhymes send dangerously inaccurate messages to young listeners.

They were concerned that characters in popular rhymes suffer major injuries without receiving proper treatment.

The characters include Humpty Dumpty, who had a great fall, and Jack and Jill, who tumbled down a hill.

A similar study by British doctors found nursery rhymes expose children to far more violent incidents than an average evening watching TV.

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  1. GG June 15, 2006

    I agree with the final statement about violence in nursery rhymes. Not sure if its worse than TV though. Case in point – this rhyme scared me when I was in kindergarten..
    “Piggy on the railway picking up stones
    Down came the engine and broke piggy’s bones
    Ah said piggy that’s not fair!
    Oh said the engine driver I don’t care!”

    Brutal. But I survived. So I guess it is a mountain of a molehill.

  2. Sakshi June 15, 2006

    Tommorrow they will surely ban Tom and Jerry cartoons. And that will surely piss me off !! 🙁

  3. GG June 18, 2006

    The Simpsons do a great parody of Tom and Jerry’s violence in The Itchy and Scratchy show. 🙂

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