In what could be an embarrassment to the West Bengal government, a school textbook had used a photograph of Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar to depict athlete Milkha Singh, which had gone viral on the social media.
Farhan Akhtar took to Twitter urging the Bengal government to rectify the “glaring error”.
“To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal. There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school text books to depict Milkha Singh-ji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book? Sincerely,” Akhtar wrote, while retweeting the image shared by a Twitter user.
To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 19, 2018
There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school text books to depict Milkha Singh-ji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book?
Sincerely. @derekobrienmp https://t.co/RV2D3gV5bd
The publisher had used Farhan’s picture, who portrayed Milkha Singh in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, instead of the iconic track athlete’s photo.
Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, reacting to the issue, said the government would look into it.
“We have been informed about Akhtar’s tweet. We are inquiring into it. We are trying to find out the details about the textbook, of which class and which publication. We will take necessary steps after getting all the details,” he told reporters in Kolkata.
‘The Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh was the first Indian to win an individual athletics gold medal at a Commonwealth Games in 1958.
(With inputs from agencies)