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Indian History Congress highlights concerns over revision of textbooks

Education News“There is widespread belief that soon textbooks will be revised or rewritten, to inculcate such a strongly misleading and divisive brand of history among pupils in our schools,” the IHC said in one of its resolutions passed after its three-day platinum jubilee session at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately even the Prime Minister has suggested that in the hoary past Indians had learnt, and then, forgotten, plastic surgery of a kind going far beyond what is now possible,” it said while referring to Modi’s statement linking mythology with medical science at a function in Mumbai in October.

The Prime Minister had cited “plastic surgery” and “genetic science” to explain creation of Lord Ganesh and Karna.

The resolution said the IHC has been perturbed to hear voices being raised “in certain influential quarters on the need to rewrite Indian history through an abundant use of ancient mythology and speculative chronology, while fresh myths, like that of Indians originally peopling the whole world are being created”.

It said the IHC was confident that all genuine historians would stand by the values of their profession and resist interested distortions of past. “It also calls upon all members of the political establishment to refrain from making statements contrary to well-established historical facts.”

The resolution called on them to understand that loose or irresponsible statements of this kind tarnish India’s good repute. The IHC, which has over 9,000 members, reiterated its committed to the cause of the scientific method in history and its pursuit free of any “sectarian or chauvinistic approaches”. The IHC was established in 1935 and is the largest academic body of Indian historians with 9,000 members. Around 2,000 historians attended the platinum jubilee session and presented 1,000 papers.

Source: The Times of India

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