Govt looks to “rewrite” history!

History repeats itself, but the NDA government is burning the midnight oil to ensure that the errors don’t. It has now taken the responsibility of removing all the errors from NCERT history books introduced by the UPA.

The researchers from the Indian Council of Historical Research and other places examined the textbooks from classes 8 to 12 in a review meeting held by the NCERT recently.

Bloopers

Some references that were made include were adding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s role in history and removing a picture of a Frenchman smoking a cigar on page 44 of a Class 10 book. They emphasized on ‘greater prominence’ to cricket than the French Revolution in class 9 books.

Rectification

The NCERT will decide on the several recommendations made by the participants, who divided themselves on the basis of their specializations in ancient, medieval and modern history.

The present textbooks replaced the ones introduced by the Vajpayee government. BJP’s ideological fountainhead RSS sees rewriting of history as crucial, as ideologies legitimize their present on the basis of the past. They believe that Marxists and other “secular” historians had written histories in ways that denied Hindus pride in their past.

Brickbats

Many in Sangh-related circles aren’t happy with the decision as they believe that if new books will be commissioned, it will take two to three years and that’s a waste of time as we don’t have that much time.

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