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Maharashtra textbooks tone down role of Mughals, draw flak

Press Trust of India  |  Pune/Mumbai 

History textbooks for class 7 and 9 students in will no longer have chapters on Mughals and Muslim rulers before them, a move that provoked an opposition attack on the BJP-led for promoting the "agenda".

The Devendra Fadnavis came in the line of the opposition's fire after the state education board revised the textbooks which would now focus mainly on the Maratha Empire founded by


Chapters from the previous edition on the Mughals, and Muslim rulers in before them such as Razia Sultana and Muhammad bin Tuqhlaq, have been expunged from the new books for students of schools.

At least five chapters on the rise and fall of major dynasties in have been condensed into one chapter - before the times of Shivaji Maharaj.

"The wants to change our history by espousing regional sentiments. However, history won't change just because it is not being taught in the new textbooks," spokesperson said. "There is always Google," he added.

"The Sangh Parivar wants to forward their agenda by communalising everything," Malik said.

Sadanand More, chairman of the History subject committee of the State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research, however, defended the decision, saying it was relevant for students studying in

"Why should we not change? We have looked at history from a Maharashtra-centric point of view. Even if it is the Delhi Sultanate or the Mughal rule and the medieval history of India, we have kept at the centre. It is a natural course as we are from What's wrong in that? In fact, the central board books have little about our state," More said.

The new textbooks have been written keeping in mind the Maratha Empire, Maharaj and expansion of Maratha power in India, More said.

Chapters in the new textbooks include 'before the time of Shivaji Maharaj, 'before the times of Shivaji Maharaj', 'Conflict with Mughals', 'The expansion of Maratha power', 'Maratha-The protectors of the nation' and 'Progression of the Empire,' he said.

"Once we adopt this standpoint and perspective, some details of Mughal Empire will have naturally been eliminated," More said.

"On the other hand, NCERT textbooks speak mostly of the history of Mughals and only one-and-a-half page is devoted to Maratha history, with only a few lines on Shivaji Maharaj," he said.

More alleged that some people are trying to give the matter a "colour" and asserted it is purely an "academic issue.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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