Hyderabad: Sunil Kumar Modi, Rajya Sabha MP and former deputy chief minister of Bihar, posted a tweet that targeted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. The tweet claimed that all first five education ministers of India were from "one community".
In his tweet, Modi wrote, "Rahul Gandhi should explain why the first five education ministers of the country belonged to only one community? Will Congress apologise for distorting the history of India and denying the existence of Lord Ram? (sic)" (archive)
NewsMeter found that the claim is false as not all first five education ministers belonged to the same community.
We checked the list of India's first five education ministers on the education minister of India's government website and found that the ministers were from different communities. They were:
1. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (1947-1958)
2. Dr K.L. Shrimali (1958-1962)
3. Dr K.L. Shrimali (1962-1963)
4. Humayun Kabir (September 1963-November 1963)
5. M.C. Chagla (1963-1966)
We then searched online and read several articles that helped identify their communities.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was an Indian scholar, independence activist and Islamic theologian. He was commonly known as Maulana Azad and was elected as a member of the foundation committee to establish Jamia Millia Islamia at Aligarh in UP.
Dr K.L. Shrimali was a Hindu and was also the editor of 'Jan Shikshan' which was a monthly educational magazine. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1976 for his contribution to education.
Humayun Kabir was the son of Khan Bahadur Kabiruddin Ahmed, a deputy magistrate in Bengal. He was also a poet, essayist, and novelist in the Bengali-language. He was also a renowned political thinker.
M.C. Chagla was born to a well-off Gujarati Ismaili Khoja family and had idolized Jinnah due to his then nationalistic views and held membership in the Muslim League. He was an Indian statesman and government official, known for his dedication to Indian civil liberties.
It is clear that the claim made by Sunil Kumar Modi is false as not all the ministers belonged to the same community.