After Bipin Chandra, It’s Jawahar Lal Nehru, The Ban Begins?

textbooks saffronBeing a graduate in History, I understand the importance of the subject. Though on the face of it, it might seem as the most boring thing one could get indulged into, but once you try to understand the intricacies involved in forgotten events, it will surely blow your mind. There’s a reason we are rooting for Bran to unearth the past events in the world of Game of Thrones. History is important, though we might be naïve about it, but we just cannot ridicule its essence.

Contrary to the viewpoint I have, authorities in Rajasthan have reportedly omitted all references to Jawahar Lal Nehru in the social science textbooks of class 8th. Well, who is Jawaharlal Nehru? Just the First Prime Minister of country and a noted freedom fighter, his omission definitely isn’t going to put forth a case of deluded history.

Names of several other freedom fighters have also been given a miss in the books published by Rajasthan Rajya Pathyapustak Mandal, which are used as texts in schools affiliated to the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education, across the BJP-led state. Apparently, omissions of their work that went to making of our history can be given amiss, it might ensure their removal from the past altogether. Are the authorities that naïve? Do they really think in this new techy world, people won’t be able to gather information about a person they have conspicuously missed talking about?


In a new bid for the kids to ‘unlearn’ controversial affairs of the past, the books have seemingly dropped the title of ‘Great’ that was used as a reference to Akbar. Is the government too reluctant to accept the deeds done by the Mughal emperors? Are we going to ignore the great history that has aided many TV or movie adaptations just on the pretext of them being Muslim conquerors?

Of late, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, asked the Urdu writers to fill out a declaration that states that their works would not be anti-national in nature. Is the government petrified of what actual freedom could do to our country?

The recent wave of saffronisation has left even the education sector unscathed. When knowledge is power, such control of the sector by the government authorities is nothing but highly misleading. Kids when in their impressionable age should be taught to be highly inclusive of all the events and concepts that are in existent, filtering the information to them is nothing but an ugly façade of dictatorship.

We no longer can take the title of democracy as a pride, it is no longer applied. We have managed to become a country in which thoughts are dictated rather than formulated, where banning is done as easily as the farmers commit suicide.

Well, we indeed need to unlearn a lot as a society, which includes stereotypes, sexism, inhibition towards the third gender or various other castes, and so on, however unlearning about Jawahar Lal Nehru or the ‘revolutionary terrorists’ or Mughal emperors isn’t going to help the coming generation.

Yugansha Malhotra

The Viewspaper