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Revision of history with change of govts leaving students perplexed

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Revision of history in school textbooks with change of governments having different ideologies has left the students perplexed about the historical facts, with historians cautioning that politics and should not be allowed to interfere in each other's domain.

Recently, the after coming to power in had constituted a textbook revision committee in school department.

The department, based on the committee findings, has revised a short biography of RSS ideologue introduced by previous BJP

The committee has removed prefix 'Veer' from Savakar's name in Class X social science textbooks and it now refers to him as who "plotted assassination" of

The committee has included a point stating that Savarkar "apologised" to the British Rule to reduce his prison term and grant mercy.

The text book will be introduced in the curriculum from next academic year, School Minister said.

The revision of school textbooks has once again triggered a war of words between the and BJP leaders who are justifying their own stand and ready to debate on the historical facts.

Noted R.S said that politics and education should not interfere in each other's domain as changing facts based on ideologies confuse students about the real position.

History is always based on facts. Facts never change but interpretation or view of any event can change. Whether someone was great or not, it should not come in hands of politicians. Political parties are connecting the historical facts with their ideologies, Prof. said.

He said with changing interpretations following change of government, students are in a fix about the real position of great personalities.

The said that despite being hated by the entire world and even German themselves, they do not hide the facts. There is an entire section devoted to Hitler in They do not hide facts as they have left the decision on the young generation to decide whether Hitler was right or wrong.

Another wishing anonymity termed such changes as a political gimmick and useless exercise. He said that politicians are least concerned about history and tweak it based on their ideologies.

Meanwhile, a few students preparing for competitive examinations said revision of textbooks can be harmful for them while attempting questions on history.

Akbar is taught as 'great' in some parts of the country whereas BJP had changed it. Savarkar has always been known with prefix 'Veer'. Now, government has removed it. In five years, several students have passed examination learning one fact and now it has changed again. It is harmful for students preparing for a competitive examination, Dharmendra Sharma, a student said.

He said this is leaving the students perplexed.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 16:51 IST