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The polarizing education system has intensified in the NDA II regime

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Till now BJP played its politics around condemning Nehru, hating Muslims, protecting cows, drinking its urine, but now they got into your education syllabus.

BJP has an ANTI-SCIENCE agenda because it’s very important for them that their supporters remain blind, emotional, and logicless. If anyone becomes a critical thinker, they would lose precious votes and blind supporters. That’s why we see regular anti-scientific statements coming from them

Modi once said “Our feelings of cold changed, the climate didn’t change”, “Evolution is wrong because we didn’t see ape turning to man” – Junior Education minister in Center Govt. “Cows exhales oxygen” – Education minister of Haryana. “Cow shit helps prevent cancer” – Some random BJP minister. There are many such mindless statements were made by BJP leaders. But their urge of

Commercialization and saffronisation in the education system have intensified.

BJP’s Madhya Pradesh government made the announcement that the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas will be part of the curriculum for undergraduate students and students of engineering will have to learn about Ramsetu — which many in the right-wing considers a feat of engineering.

This will have a 100-mark question paper and include topics such as “Spirituality and religion in root sources of Indian culture”, “Four ages in Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas”, “Difference between Ramayana and Shri Ramcharitmans” and “Incarnation of divine existence”.

There is also a proposal to include the biographies of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh founder Dr KB Hedgewar, Bharatiya Jan Sangh chief Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and Dr BR Ambedkar among other leaders as part of the first-year foundation course in medicine to instil social and medical ethics in students.

BJP is not only re-writing science but they are possibly rewriting every subject that will benefit their agenda. In early incidences references to Jawaharlal Nehru have been deleted from the new social science textbook for Class VIII. There was no mention of who India’s first prime minister was. The rewriting of history textbooks is an old priority of the Hindu nationalist movement.

In the 1970s, former Jana Sangh members in the Janata Party and the Morarji Desai government had asked for changes in textbooks. In May 1977, Desai has presented a memorandum that sought the withdrawal of four history books — of which three were intended for use in teaching — from public circulation. The books in question were Medieval India by Romila Thapar, Modern India by Bipan Chandra, Freedom Struggle by A. Tripathi, Barun De and Bipan Chandra, and Communalism and the Writing of Indian History by Romila Thapar, Harbans Mukhia and Bipan Chandra.

The memorandum criticized these works above all for not condemning forcefully enough certain Muslim rulers — including Aurangzeb — and emphasizing that freedom struggle leaders such as Bala Gangadhar Tilak and Aurobindo were partly responsible for the antagonism between Hindus and Muslims.

However, the BJP succeeded in changing parts of textbooks in the state they formed a government in the 1990s. After BJP leader Keshubhai Patel took over as chief minister in 1995, the Gujarat State Board of School Textbooks published a Class IX social studies textbook in which Muslims, Christians and Parsis were presented as “foreigners”. It was also written that “in most of the states, the Hindus are a minority and the Muslims, Christians and Sikhs are in a majority”. A Class VIII social studies textbook also included a highly derogatory description of Christian priests: “The accumulation of power and wealth in the hands of the priests resulted in a perversion of the religion. Some of the priests became pleasure-loving and badly behaved.”

In the early 2000s, another social science textbook for Class X described Adolf Hitler in the following terms: “Hitler lent dignity and prestige to the German government within a short time by establishing a strong administrative setup. He created the vast state of Greater Germany. He adopted the policy of opposition towards the Jewish people and advocated the supremacy of the German race.

BJP Minister Satyapal Singh has said Darwin’s theory was “scientifically wrong” since there are no witnesses to humans evolving from apes and it should be removed from science books.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat said all ancient civilisations such as Mahenjodaro, Harappa and our culture developed in places which are now in Pakistan. “Why didn’t Pakistan tell (India) to take another name since everything of ‘Bharat’ has emerged from here. So, we are ‘Bharat’ and you take any other name. They did not say this and rather wanted to separate from the name ‘Bharat’. Because they know that with the name ‘Bharat’, Hindutva comes in. And Hindutva is there, so is ‘Bharat’. Gog knows what BJP is going to gain out of all this drill of changing the history and introducing mythology to engineering students.


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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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