Reactions have started to pour in after a picture of an 8th-standard social science book from the Karnataka board went viral. The index page of the history book shows that the book is devoid of Mughal and British history.
While many are celebrating the fact that the history of ‘Bharat’ will finally be presented before us, but is it fair to the subject to omit such important sections of Indian history?
Following the Hijab row and the ban on Muslim traders, the government of Karnata decided to drop ‘sensitive’ chapters from the history textbooks of the state board, which attracted polarised opinions from the citizens.
A textbook Revise Committee was set under the leadership of Rohith Chakrathirtha to make the changes and suggest them to the government of Karnataka. According to a report by the Times of India in March, the committee recommended dropping off the chapters related to the glorification of Tipu Sultan.
The committee later revised the social science books of the students from classes 6 to 10. The opposition criticised the move as they stated that the committee head was a right-wing thinker. They also blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party for ‘saffronising’ the state’s education system.
The picture which is making rounds on social media shows the history syllabus being full of ‘Hindu’ history instead of Indian history as there is no mention of the events from other religions.
However, he inclusion of a chapter named ‘Sanatana Dharma’ is seen as a clear indication of religious influence in academics.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) December 10, 2022
Social Science, 8th standard
I remember my 8th standard book was full of hours and Ghajini, Adil shahi but don't remember a thing what was the content, Happy to see true Indian history being taught in Karnataka schools. pic.twitter.com/i0762NwvQQ
— ADV. ASHUTOSH J. DUBEY 🇮🇳 (@AdvAshutoshBJP) December 11, 2022
Social Science, 8th standard, 2022
— Rupa Murthy (@rupamurthy1) December 11, 2022
want this book 🙂
Political science లో మనకి ఇలాంటివి నేరుపుతున్నారా..
1.Meaning & importance of political science
2. Citizen & Citizenship
4.Local Self Government
మా ఇంట్లో పిల్లలకి నేర్పుతా pic.twitter.com/VpWJsSg0TY
— Raja Mylavarapu (@M_RajaViswa) December 11, 2022
Several social media accounts have shared the picture, celebrating the revised syllabus of social science.