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Onam festival is round the corner, but students in Kerala have still not received their textbooks for Onam examinations, sparking protests in various parts of the state.

A protest march by Student's Federation of India (SFI) activists turned violent in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode on Monday, 6 July, when the police resorted to tear gas shelling, water cannons and lathi charge.

The protesters were demanding the resignation of Kerala education minister Abdu Rabb for postponing Onam exams to 9 September in view of the delay in printing the textbooks.

Reports from Kerala say the protesters threw stones at the police and destroyed an ambulance. 

Even as the controversy raged, Congress MLA VT Balram apparently took a dig at the education minister in his recent Facebook post. On Sunday, Balram posted a photo of a school girl talking to him, with a caption in Malayalam, which translates into: "She didn't ask about textbooks :-)".

The photo has gone viral among Kerala social media users, with many sharing and commenting about it.

ഇവൾ ചോദിച്ചത് പാഠപുസ്തകത്തേക്കുറിച്ചല്ല :)

Posted by VT Balram on Saturday, 4 July 2015