Re-writing History, Saffronising Education: Remembering Nangeli lest the government makes us forget – By ICF Team
In December 2016, as part of a curriculum rationalisation exercise initiated under the BJP government, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) issued a circular to all its affiliated schools informing them that the section “Caste Conflict and Dress Change” “stands omitted from the curriculum and no questions from this section should be asked in 2017”.
However, according to a report in the Indian Express, this section remained part of the textbook – until the second textbook review was carried out, after which, NCERT has dropped three chapters – “Clothing: A Social History”, “History and Sport: The Story of Cricket”, “Peasants and Farmers” – from the Class 9 history textbook, titled India and the Contemporary World – I. The revised textbooks will be out this month, before the new academic session begins.…
In these times when the government is altering and re-writing history for political gains and taking away the opportunity to learn objective history in classrooms, let us recall one of Orijit Sen’s work, based on a village tale, of a woman named Nangeli, who is believed to have cut off her breasts in an effort to protest the caste-based mulakkaram.…
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