Barely days after introducing Before Common Era (B.C.E.) and Common Era (C.E.) as the dating system in textbooks, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to revert to the system of using Before Christ (B.C.) and Anno Domini (A.D.) to “protect the interests of minorities”.
School Education Minister K.A. Sengottaiyan agreed to return to the old system following objections raised in the Assembly by legislators.
Raising the issue in the House during Zero Hour, AIADMK MLA I.S. Inbadurai (Radhapuram constituency) contended that the practice of using B.C. and A.D. in textbooks had been followed for long and the revision to B.C.E. and C.E. should not become a “historical mistake.”
Congress legislator J.G. Prince (Colachel) concurred with his counterpart in the ruling party and said the State government’s decision to adopt C.E. and B.C.E. was “against the interests of minorities”.