Akbar defeated Maharana Pratap is what world knows, but there are students who will be taught otherwise, that it was Maharana Pratap who defeated Akbar
The Hush Post: This is what the history department of the Rajasthan University wants us to believe. In a new book issued as part of it’s syllabus, the department claims that the Rajput king defeated the Mughal emperor and was ‘the only “national element” who did not sell himself to the Mughals.’
Something based on similar lines was also approved as part of the new history syllabus by the NCERT. The NCERT, an autonomous body that advises the HRD Ministry on school education, has introduced similar material on the Rajput king.
This is in addition to the decision taken by the Council to give more ‘visibility’ to Shivaji and Maharana Pratap. This revision of history textbooks was initiated after radical Hindu groups Shiv Sena and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti criticised previous books for glorifying enemy kings while ignoring Indian kings. Consequently, they demanded that Indian kings need to be given more ‘visibility’ to “instill nationalism in the youth.”
As per The Wire, the Shiv Sena and the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti had submitted petitions to the Maharashtra government, demanding revisions in the history textbook titled ‘Our Past-II’.
Further, for the new academic session, NCERT textbooks will also contain syllabi relating to BJP schemes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Digital India and the controversial note ban decision of November 8, 2016. The note ban decision was included in the class XI Economics textbook.
However, this is not the first time that a BJP government is involved in altering students’ textbooks. A Harvard study by Kamala Visweswaran (2009) says that one of the first things that the Sangh Parivar (the family of Hindu Nationalist organisations, of which the BJP is a part) aimed to do when the BJP came to power in 1998 was to set up a National Curriculum Framework (NCF). The principal focus of the NCF was “value education”, which was to be inculcated mainly through “the development of a ‘national spirit’ and ‘national
consciousness’ through generating pride in the younger generation regarding India’s
past and its unique ‘religio-philosophical’ ethos, which was presented as primarily