In Pakistan’s world of textbook reviews, where common sense often takes a backseat, we recall an extraordinary incident unfolded. It involved none other than the esteemed physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who found himself unwittingly caught up in a rather bizarre situation.

Imagine a science textbook submitted to the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB), featuring an illustration of Newton next to a tree, immortalizing his famous discovery of gravity inspired by a falling apple. But here’s where things took a strange turn: During the PCTB review, the attention shifted to Newton’s appearance instead of focusing on scientific accuracy and educational quality.

Believe it or not, a comment from the review suggested a modification to the illustration. Adding a scarf to the “lady” in the picture, transforming her into a figure observing purdah. Yes, you read that correctly—Sir Isaac Newton was to be reimagined donning a dupatta.

This incident perfectly encapsulates the absurdity surrounding the push for textbook “Islamisation.” While respecting religious values and cultural sensitivity is important, it should never overshadow the pursuit of knowledge and critical thinking in scientific education.

Newton’s encounter with the hijab serves as a wake-up call to critically examine Pakistan’s educational landscape. It’s high time we reassess the balance between cultural sensitivities and intellectual growth, ensuring that reason and enlightenment prevail over dogma.

As we navigate this realm of textbook escapades, where historical accuracy collides with demands for religious observance, one can’t help but wonder—what other peculiar twists await future generations in their quest for knowledge? It’s a thought that prompts us to reevaluate and safeguard the integrity of education for the sake of our society’s progress.