Maharashtra text book mentions 'wrong information' about Assam Forest Man Jadav Payeng
Jadav Payeng, the Forest Man of Assam has made it to the textbooks of Maharashtra School Board.
The Class X Environmental Science textbook mentions Payeng in context of the environment. The mentioned content comprises of his life experiences and contribution under the heading 'The big story of a small man.'
However, an error on the part of the publisher was that the environmentalist has been mentioned as a person belonging to a nomadic tribe, whereas he belongs to the Mishing tribe of Assam. It seems the editor of the textbook has not done a proper research on Jadav Payeng.
According to Wikipedia, the Mishings are indigenous tribal community inhabiting 11 districts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. They were earlier called Miris in historical days and the Constitution of India still refers to them as Miris.
Padma Shri Jadav 'Molai' Payeng is an environment activist and forest worker from Jorhat. Over the course of past several years, he planted and tended trees on a sandbar of the river Brahmaputra turning it into a forest reserve.
File photo of Jadav Payeng and the textbook content