Rewriting history: Akbar lost to Maharana Pratap; Mahatma, Nehru missing from texts

By Hindustan Times.

BJP-ruled states are allegedly re-writing history to give it a right-wing slant. Hindu rulers are shown as victors in battles, Mahatma assassination finds no mention and RSS ideologue, Veer Savarkar, is written about in detail.

BJP-ruled states are facing increasing criticism for allegedly re-writing history of India to give it a right-wing perspective: portray Mughals ruler as mass murderers and show Hindu rulers as the victors in major battles. The party is also accused of erasing references of its political adversaries to include people whom it considers national icons…

Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru’s contributon to India’s freedom struggle is well documented, as is the leading role played by the Indian National Congress. Nehru went on to become the first Prime Minister of the country in 1947 after the British left the country following the violent Partition.

It’s [The University of] Rajasthan again which has erased Gandhi and Nehru from textbooks. A social science text for class 8 does not mention who India’s first Prime Minister was. It also does not say anything about Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination by Nathuram Godse.

New textbooks for Class 10 and 12 has a passing reference to Mahatma Gandhi but no mention of Nehru. Instead, RSS ideologue, Veer Savarkar, is written about in detail including the contentious assertion that he was great revolutionary and a great patriot. A Class XI political science textbook refers to the Congress as a “nurtured baby” of the British…

Besides, another social science textbook for class X described Hitler as a hero who “lent dignity and prestige to the German government. The book was later withdrawn.

Read the full article and other revisionisms here.

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