RSS meets HRD, tells Minister to 'correct' history

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  1. Shirman

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    Senior representatives of the RSS and its affliliates in the education sector Thursday asked Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani to “correct” the history taught in schools to highlight Indian heroes, and the role played by Hindu culture and its leaders in shaping the country.

    This suggestion was among the main points raised by 22 representatives of 11 organisations during their meeting with Irani at Madhya Pradesh Bhawan. According to sources, Irani did not promise anything in her response, and spoke only for about 10 minutes, but noted every suggestion and asked for written submissions in some cases.

    This was the sixth such meeting between Irani and the RSS affiliates since May, and assumes significance with the government yet to decide on policy changes in the sector and with many crucial appointments still pending at central universities, IITs, IIMs and other institutions.

    “The representatives told the Minister that the future generation should learn the true history of India. They said that what children are now taught is the version the West wanted India to learn. They felt that Indian children were not familiar with real Indian heroes. For example, one of them said today’s children knew little about national heroes from the south,” the sources said.

    BJP leaders J P Nadda and Ramlal, and top RSS functionaries Suresh Soni, Krishna Gopal and Dattatrey Hosbale were among those who attended the meeting. One notable absentee was Dinanath Batra, who famously forced Penguin India to withdraw American scholar Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindus: An Alternative History”. The organisation that Batra heads — Shiksha Bachao Andolan, created by an RSS affiliate Vidya Bharti - was represented by Atul Kothari.

    The representatives also sought a revamp of the country’s education system, suggesting that the government needs to focus on “quality, competitiveness and affordability”. They also wanted the ministry to make education more “knowledge-based instead of information-based.”

    They suggested a review of Jan Shikshan Sansthans (JSS), alleging mismanagement in these district-level resource support agencies. The Indian Express had reported on April 8, 2013 about how a quarter of these Sansthans, approved by the HRD ministry, belonged to leaders of key political parties or their relatives and friends from both the earlier NDA government and the UPA regime that followed.

    According to sources, the RSS has grouped its frontal organisations under six broad categories — Arthik Samooh, Sewa Samooh, Shiksha Samooh, Suraksha Samooh, Jan Samooh and Vichar Samooh — to interact with the government and BJP. Organisations in these groups started their latest round of interactions Tuesday, with Irani attending Thursday’s meeting with organisations under Shiksha Samooh. RSS’s BJP liasion Krishna Gopal and his predecessor Soni have been a common feature in all the meetings.

    “This is to give government a proper feedback from the grassroots as our organisations work at the ground level and are aware of ground realities in every sector,” an RSS functionary said.

    Others who attended Thursday’s meeting include Sunil Ambekar and K Raghunandan of Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP); B M Pande from Akhil Bhartiya Itihas Sankalan Yojne; Mahendra Kapoor and J P Singhal from Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh; Shiv Kumar from Vidya Bharti; C M Krishna Shastri from Sanskrit Bharti; and Anant Sahasrabuddhhe from Vigyan Bharti.

    This was also the third such meeting after the BJP-led government and RSS set up a new mechanism to strengthen coordination between the two. “To avoid the kind of tussle that happened during NDA-1, between government and sangh affiliates, we have decided that these meetings will be a regular affair but their frequency is yet to be decided,” said a senior RSS office-bearer.

    RSS and its affiliates have been pushing for a revamp of the education system ever since the NDA came into power this year.

    Baba Ramdev had recently proposed a new national school board for “Indianising” the education system, while BJP leaders have spoken about blending the Gurukul system with modern education. In August, Irani said that the education policy, formulated in 1986, has to undergo a course correction to make “Made in India” a “grand” label. “We will initiate a state-wise, region-wise national debate and deliberation to formulate a new education policy,” she said.
     
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  3. Shirman

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    To be honest what Maulana Azad did with the History books as First Indian education minister along with Nehru under the Secularization of Education was both good and bad. After all they feared Revival of Hinduism. Some say Maulana did this after Sardar Vallabhai Patel erected rebuild Somnath Temple in 1949,Which created severe rift between him ,Nehru and Patel. Yes NCERT history books were a lie but as they say lie can’t be true for long. Maulana Azad didn’t thought of Internet, Google in future of present 21st century International books availability for references in bookstores like Crossword and Oxford in lavish neighbourhood Malls, while being what he did by omitting bloody Islamic Invasions in the North India or deleting dark medieval historic chapters for ( eg Timurs Skull Mineret at purana Quila where present Jama Masjid is present in Delhi. Or Akbar killing many Rajputs Hindus in battle of Haldi Ghati against Maharana Pratap) during his years as education minister in late forty’s and fifties. In fact in one interview to British ITN news Advani during Babri andolan of 1980s told the interviewer that the misrepresentation of 800 year old Islamic rule was one of the many reasons he undertook Ram Janmabhoomi andolan. Whatever may be the case people will think on the ground that Muslims of the sub continent get Pakistan and Bangladesh along with a chance to write Indian History books itself gives an opportunity to people of other faiths to question Why this special / Creamy status of Muslims. I remember some Dasgupta fellow of CPI Marxist saying the same thing in his Times of India blog as by quoting Sardar Vallabhai Patel in his famous saying that Muslims get Islamic republic West Pakistan, they get East Pakistan along with 55 crore Rupees of Indian treasury what did Hindus of the Subcontinent got after Independence.....Speaking of Pakistan i have seen Youtube clips of Munezae Jehangir and many other prominent thinkers and media persons of Pakiland discussing this same topic. Najam sethi i remember in his geo tv program had said that how Paki History Textbooks were instrumental for Radical Islamic extremism and fundamentalism in 60s, 70s and 80s during Faisal Shezad episode in New York in 2010s as he always compares his Dumb country to India by saying “India me kaisa hota hai” ie:- how things happen in India while compared to Pakistan..

    In my opinion moral of the story is kids don't go much into history books as it is always biased and edited like Wikipedia.........
     
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    a very welcome move unless the history is not distorted and taught like our western neighbor do.

    would specially appreciate a dedicated chapter on kautilya/chanakya. he has been and still is an inspiration to many.
    his teachings and his style of management is relevant even in todays modern time.
     
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    Indian history requires a relook.

    It should be done by historians without any political baggage.
     
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    there are lot many things to include,
    we must officially denounce the aryan invasion theory (as it has been proved so),
    a special focus on Indus valley civillisation...as the things we read in our textbooks have become outdated and still not corrected.
    then there is the whole lot of things to be done with muslim Invasion on india....and the aurangzeb......we must call a spade a spade...making villians hero dosen't serve us good.
    the must do thing now is to highlight the freedom fighters of 1857-1947
    we must stop idolizing of Nehru Gandhi family and must mention their failures. a lesson in democracy by special mention of Indra gandhi and her emergency plans is also a must.
     
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    school history books are filled with khangress or congress or nehru-gandhi dynasty heroic's like what big sacrifice they had given to country while reality is they lived prosperous life like kings and queens and real heros who gave sacrifices either given just a little mention or not at all.
     
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    All posts should be filled. Reforms from lower to higher- need speedup!
     
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    Bring all the wrong doings of the GANDHI AND NEHRU CULT to light and also add details and history of Bhaghat Singh, Raj Guru, Sukdev, Chandrasekhar Azzad, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, Mangal Pandey and other real freedom fighters who really wanted to see an INDEPENDENT INDIA.

    Ditch all the GANDHIS AND NEHRUS from Indian History. Bring out the secret affairs of NEHRU into light.
     
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    The books should remove the fake Aryan Invasion theory !!

    They should also clarify what Varna system actually means.
     
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    When history dubs Rana Pratap a rebel against "unification" it needs a change. When history says Shivaji was robber and plunderer. it must change. When history calls Guru Teg Bahadur a brigand, a robber and a rapist it must be corrected.
     

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