How NCERT Books Fooled Our Indian Youth Generation
By Disha nagpal
The National Council of Educational Research and Training is an autonomous body affiliated to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. It is also known as NCERT.
It was established in 1961 to give suggestions to the Central and State Governments on the formulation of policy and programs for qualitative improvement in school education. One important work of this institution is also the publication of standard books.
In the publication of books, this institution, under the influence of left writers, the language and the kind of interpretation that school students have yet to study, demands a different research.
From Namvar Singh to Romila Thapar, they have been formulating policy for NCERT books. The results are in front of what the students are being taught. It is now being vigorously discussed that NCERT has made a significant change in the Class XII book 'Politics in Independent India' regarding the abolition of Article 370. But only a few lines have been added in the name of significant changes.
It has been added on page 158 of this book that Article 370 was abolished by the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 2019 on 5 August 2019, and the state was reorganized into two Union Territories - Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh.
Neither the background of this historic step was given nor the reasons for which the Government of India took this decision. These reasons were also explained in detail in the Parliament by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, but the NCERT did not go unnoticed.
Attention was also not paid to the people sitting in the Ministry of Human Resource Development. If we consider 'Jammu and Kashmir' in the chapter on 'Regional aspirations' of this book, then from the very first line, there is misleading and misinformed students. Now consider this line, "As you have read last year, Jammu and Kashmir was given special status under Article 370." The disturbance starts from here. By telling this semi-truth, wrong information has been placed in the minds of students since childhood.
Nowhere has it been said that Article 370 in the Indian Constitution has been described as a temporary system. It is written in such a way that it is similar to other articles of the Constitution. The matter of special status has been raised by hiding this temporary system and in the end there is talk of abolishing it.
Naturally, the question will arise in the mind of the students that if a state or geographical area was given special status in the original constitution then why it was removed. It is not known for how many years it has been taught and a new kind of history is being created by giving misleading information from generation to generation.
Similarly, on page 154 it is written that the politics of Jammu and Kashmir remained controversial and conflicting for external and internal reasons. From outside Pakistan always claimed that Kashmir Valley should be a part of Pakistan.
As we noted above, Pakistan launched a tribal offensive in the state in 1947 which resulted in a part of the state being under Pakistani control. "The next page states that" India claims that it has been illegally occupied. Pakistan calls the region ‘Azad Kashmir’. ”Now consider these lines carefully and carefully.
It is in the textbook of that central institution of our country which has been included in the syllabus of the Central Board of Secondary Education. This textbook also follows in the states syllabus. It is written that 'India claims'. It seems that this book is going to be studied in a country outside India or in the textbook of Pakistan.
The purpose and intention of writing this is beyond comprehension. Why is it being written and taught that India 'claims' on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir? Whether the authors or NCERT do not know that India is not a 'claim' but that geographical area is an integral part of India and our Parliament has also passed a resolution in this regard.
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It is clear that the authors of this book are teaching Pakistani students under the guise of being objective. If this is not the case then why would it be written that the area occupied by Pakistan is called 'Azad Kashmir'.
There is no mention of what India says to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Taking away this fact also makes public the Pakistan-based mentality of the authors of this book and those responsible in the NCRT.
Another extremely objectionable line is on page number 155 where it is mentioned that 'there is a dispute about the status of Kashmir in the Indian Union internally'. What about the status of Kashmir in the Indian Union after the end of Article 370?
There is nothing mentioned about this. It seems that what was written about Jammu and Kashmir in this chapter before the end of Article 370 was allowed to remain intact and the end of the chapter was added.
This is just a sample of gross negligence. After three to four lines of this line, another such thing was written that there is a section of people outside Jammu and Kashmir that believed that the special status of the state conferred by Article 370 does not allow the state to be fully integrated with India.
What is the basis for saying that a section of people outside Jammu and Kashmir thinks so. It seems that the work of sowing the seeds of doubt in the minds of students is being done with a lot of thinking by calling the entire nation's sentiment or their thinking a class feeling. While temporary Article 370 came to be over the year ended.
Apart from this, there are many things that have been said in this book in such a way that a different kind of picture is formed. Sheikh Abdullah's party National Conference was described as secular, but it was not mentioned why his name was Muslim Conference earlier.
Why was Sheikh Abdullah kept in imprisonment by the Indian government for fourteen years? The alliance of the National Conference and Congress has also been described as wrong.
Does the question arise as to why the Ministry of Human Resources is giving NCERT such anarchic autonomy? Why are the anti-national things being taught to the students and responsible officials of the Ministry and NCERT are blindfolded? Why is the situation being hidden by mentioning the wrong things?
Why is such an interpretation being presented that creates a false image of one's own nation on the students' psyche? The time has come to take immediate steps to stop this Pakistan-based and anti-national interpretation.