Around 250 educationists and historians have criticised India’s National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) over its decision to remove chapters of Mughal-ruled India in the name of revision of textbooks.
The move, they said, was driven under a divisive and partisan agenda, being advanced by Hindutva regime in Inida. They demanded of NCERT to withdraw the decision.
Significantly, some sections related to Mughals were removed from the Class 12th History textbooks, and paragraphs that contained information about the ban briefly imposed on Hindutva Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) by the then government after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi were omitted.
Romila Thapar, Jayati Ghosh, Mridula Mukherjee, Apoorvanand, Irfan Habib and Upinder Singh, among others have launched a signature campaign to protest against the decision.
On the other hand, the Democratic Teachers Front, an organisation of university-level teachers, said that if ‘WhatsApp University’, a pejorative term which refers to the fake news and misinformation spread in India through WhatsApp forwards by Hindutva zealots, is given a free hand to devour Indian schools, colleges and universities, then Indian democracy will be seriously affected.
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