Before House panel, RSS affiliate flags ‘distortions’ in NCERT school textbooks

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Deposing earlier than a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Tuesday, the RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN) flagged “distortions” in NCERT’s school textbooks, which included a chapter on late artist MF Husain in the Class 11 Hindi textbook and references to Mughal rulers giving grants to help the constructing and upkeep of locations of worship in a Class 12 History textbook.

The Nyas, which is headed by Dina Nath Batra, a former head of Vidya Bharati, the training wing of the RSS, was invited to the assembly of the parliamentary standing committee on training, ladies, kids, youth and sports activities on Tuesday to depose earlier than members on textbook reforms and “removing references to un-historical facts and distortions about our national heroes from textbooks”.

Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe heads the panel. The assembly was attended by representatives of the division of school training, NCERT and CBSE. Former NCERT director J S Rajput, Shankar Sharan of NCERT, SSUN and RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal (BSM) deposed earlier than the committee on Tuesday.

The committee is predicted to fulfill once more in per week to listen to additional depositions. “The committee had sought feedback on the topic on social media. It was through this exercise that some organizations requested to be heard in person,” mentioned a supply on the invitation prolonged to SSUN and BSM.

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The backdrop

The parliamentary panel has taken up the difficulty of textbook reform at a time that the federal government has already began the groundwork for the event of a brand new National Curriculum Framework (NCF). All NCERT textbooks will probably be revised based mostly on the brand new NCF.

In its submission to the panel, SSUN objected to a chapter on painter M F Husain in the Class 11 Hindi Textbook “Antral”. The Nyas felt it was inappropriate for college students to review the lifetime of an individual who was accused of selling obscenity and outraging spiritual sentiments. The Supreme Court had refused to permit Husain’s prosecution on the costs of obscenity.

SSUN protested references to Mughal rulers adopting a versatile coverage in direction of their non-Muslim topics and giving grants to restore temples broken throughout battle in the Class 12 History textbook titled “Themes in Indian History – II”. SSUN acknowledged that these sentences quantity to the glorification of overseas invaders.

The RSS affiliate additionally objected to the part on “Varnas” in the Chapter 5 of the Class 6 History textbook that states that the “priests divided people into four groups, called varna” and that “the priests also said that these groups were decided on the basis of birth”. The Nyas requested whether or not it was applicable to advertise hostility in direction of one part in Class 6 college students’ minds.

In its solutions to the parliamentary panel, BSM mentioned that historical past must be taught as a continuum and that dividing historical past into historical, medieval and trendy creates confusion. It additionally acknowledged that educating of History ought to promote nationwide unity, encourage nationwide renaissance and inculcate excessive vanity in college students.

The division of school training in its submission to the parliamentary committee knowledgeable members that the NCERT is in the method of establishing a panel to analyse and tackle complaints with regard to “un-historical facts and distortions” about nationwide heroes and occasions.

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