RSS affiliate meets House panel to flag ‘distortions’ in NCERT school textbooks

RSS affiliate meets House panel to flag ‘distortions’ in NCERT school textbooks

RSS affiliated organisation met with the house panel to discuss the necessary reforms to be made in the NCERT textbooks. Representatives of the department of school education, NCERT and CBSE, attended the meeting.

On Tuesday, the RSS affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN), deposed infront of a Parliamentary Standing Committee. They flagged “distortions” in NCERT’s school textbooks. Chapters on late MF Hussain in class 11 Hindi textbooks and references to Mughal rulers giving grants to support the building and maintenance of places of worship in a Class 12 History textbook were some of the chapters to be dropped from the course.

SSUN objected on the chapter on painter MF Hussain in the class 11 textbook “Antral”, as it felt that it was inappropriate for students to study the life of a person who was accused of promoting obscenity and outraging religious sentiments. Another chapter on Mughal rulers adopting a flexible policy towards their non-Muslim subjects and giving grants to repair temples damaged during war in the Class 12 History textbook titled “Themes in Indian History – II”, was also objected by SSUN. SSUN protested that these sentences amount to the glorification of foreign invaders.

Nyas was headed by Dina Nath Batra who was also the former head of the education wing of the RSS (Vidya Bharti). On Tuesday, the meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on education, women, children, youth and sports, invited Dina Nath to depose before members on textbook reforms and “removing references to un-historical facts and distortions about our national heroes from textbooks”.

The BSM suggested to the parliamentary panel that history should be taught as a continuum and that dividing history into ancient, medieval and modern creates confusion. It further added to its statement by saying that teaching of History should promote national unity, inspire national renaissance and inculcate high self-esteem in students.

The panel is headed by Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe. All the representatives of departments of school education, NCERT and CBSE, attended this meeting. Former NCERT director J S Rajput, Shankar Sharan of NCERT, SSUN and RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal (BSM) deposed before the committee in the meeting.

On the invitation extended to SSUN and BSM, a source said, “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,”

To hear further depositions, the committee is expected to meet again in a week.

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