Monday, 28 March 2016

Indian History Textbooks Are Brainwashing Our Kids

ICSE History Textbooks Are Brainwashing Our Kids With Wrong And Anti-India Information
March 24th, 2016
TopYaps Associate Editor

NCERT history textbooks, which underwent a drastic makeover during the UPA rule, tell us that Bhagat Singh was a terrorist. One of the many reasons why some eminent historians are demanding that the books be corrected.

That is only one of the hundreds of misleading and objectionable information they give to young students who rely on those books to understand India. A little more exploration, done by Amit Thadani – a doctor by profession, reveals that the ICSE textbooks are no different.

In a series of tweets, Thadani exposes the biased, inaccurate, and even falsified information that ICSE history textbooks teach young students from sixth to eighth grades.

As usual, it begins with Aryan bashing:

A factual inaccuracy pointed out.

Thadani highlights that there is no mention of Hinduism before the arrival of Gupta Dynasty.

This means that according to ICSE books, Hindus did not exist in India before 319 AD.

Thadani points out that Seventh standard books appear to be preaching on Christianity than educate on history.

Like NCERT, ICSE too wraps up a 500 period of Indian history before Islamic invasion in two pages.

Truth is that the ‘Arabs’ never ‘invaded’ India. They arrived as merchants on the shores of Kerala.

India was invaded by Turkic-Afghani conquerors. Thadani is right: there was no cultural exchange.

Mahmud of Ghazni was one of the biggest barbarians in history but he has been presented as a ruler who was forced to attack another country so that his own would survive.

Other Islamic rulers of the Delhi Sultanet have been portrayed as benevolent and merciful. They were anything but.

Babur destroyed temples and build mosques on them. It is a fact.

The caste system has been portrayed in the books as if it was the only evil in the then Indian society.

The entire history of three major powers – Jats, Rajputs and Sikhs – has been written in as many paragraphs.

Tipu Sultan receives glowing tributes and undue praises in ICSE books.

Thugees, a cult that was nothing more than dacoits of contemporary times, have been presented as barbarians crueller than the Islamic State.

And this is how Indian reformers have been belittled.

Revolutionary leaders get cursory mention.

There is no dearth of misleading information.

And while the entire country is talking about Subhash Chandra Bose, our school students know nothing more about him than this.

So who is behind the writing of such a hogwash retelling of Indian history?

Bhagat Singh Was A ‘Terrorist’, This Is What NCERT History Books Teach U
In the recent past there has been a lot of talk about how many school and college-level course books in India are teaching students a wrong version of history and how at times even some prominent people are missing from these course books.

The recent controversy is on an NCERT text book for class V student that was issued under the UPA Government and found some glaring factual errors in it.

Here is what the book tells us about Bhagat Singh:

What Bhagat Singh did was a ‘revolutionary terrorist’, according to the book.

Gujarat massacre was being blamed on ‘fundamental Hindus’ who are the ‘filth of the human race’

Mature and Confident Rahul Gandhi at 45 years of age is still Congress Party’s ‘bright young politician’

Besides this textbook, there were some other bizarre things that were written in other NCERT textbooks:

The role of ‘Netaji’ Subhas Chandra Bose in Indian history books was missing.


There is picture of a Frenchman smoking a cigar in a Class X book.


A Class IX book gives ‘greater prominence’ to cricket than the French Revolution.


If children learn such misleading history and contorted socio-cultural lessons, wonder what future of India are we building.

PM Modi Promised Declassification Of Bose Files But Netaji Is Nowhere In NCERT Textbooks
Narendra Modi has promised to begin declassification of files related to Netaji on the latter’s birth anniversary on January 23 next year.

In a meeting with Bose’s family members on the evening of October 14, Modi assured he will also take up the matter with countries which maintained a database on Subhash Chandra Bose and but have not yet declassified the files.

By saying that one should not “strangle history”, the Prime Minister was perhaps referring to a previous revision of NCERT history books that saw the omission of the contribution by Netaji in India’s struggle for Independence.

This was another major issue for the family. They are trying to ensure that Netaji gets his due in history books across schools.

“Netaji has no place in NCERT books. We want people to know about his freedom struggle and also about the role of the Indian National Army (INA) and the Azad Hind provincial government which was formed under his leadership. History should be written by giving due credit to him,” Abhijit Ray, Netaji’s grand-nephew told Indian Express.

On June 24 this year, the NDA government had set out to rectify “errors” in NCERT history textbooks introduced by the UPA.

Some recommendations that were made included adding Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s role in history and omitting a picture of a Frenchman smoking a cigar on page 44 of the Class 10 book.

Given the fact that one of India’s greatest leaders finds no place in history text books of the country underlines the political controversy surrounding him.

A few days ago, UK had technically rejected a plea by Bose’s family members to declassify files on one of India’s greatest sons.

Modi said he’ll ask foreign governments such as Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Russia to release documents available with them. He is due to be in Russia later this year.

Most of the family members have debunked the air crash theory.

“A story that he escaped to Russia has been there for sometime but the Bengal government files show that there could be a new Chinese angle to the story. And then some say he came back to India in disguise as ‘Gumnami Baba’. We do not have clinching evidence to prove any of these theories,” Chandra Bose another grand-nephew of Netaji said.
Netaji’s daughter Anita Bose Pfaff welcomed Modi’s decision to declassify the files, saying it would put to rest speculation on her father’s disappearance.

“I am very happy that the Prime Minister has finally agreed that… files on my father would be declassified. It was indeed very gratifying that he received many members of our family for that occasion,” Pfaff told PTI from Berlin.

“A study of the files will hopefully give us insight into some of the historically interesting developments of decades ago and put to rest some of the varied speculations.”

Credit behind this sudden speed in the Netaji files could be given to West Bengal government which declassified 64 files related to Bose kept in their possession.

Though described as ‘chicken feed‘ by prominent Netaji researcher Anuj Dhar, the files nevertheless confirmed that India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru had ordered snooping on Bose family members, which continued for 20 years.

It is highly likely that files with the Centre, though some of them were destroyed by Indira Gandhi, still contain explosive details that might strike with a grey brush the impeccable image of some of India’s other great leaders.

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