Are Indian Students Losing Out on Past History as Textbooks are Being Changed? – By Prerna Dhoop, Vandana Dhoop
Recently, educationists J.S. Rajput and Shankar Saran and organisations such as Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal and Shiksha Sanskriti Nyas deposed before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, chaired by senior BJP leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, and argued that Mughal history forms a sizeable portion of Indian school textbooks qua Vedic era.
According to them, there is an urgent need to revise the Marxist version of school textbooks and rewrite it from their own perspectives, which they confuse as “Indian culture”….
The plea to recall and rewrite school curriculum is not a new phenomenon. Rather, this process of continuous alteration and deletion has been applied to every kind of literary source or documentation which holds even an iota of political or ideological significance. The real question is: what is the need to alter, modify and delete chapters and topics from the school syllabi and more importantly, what are the implications….