Following Rajasthan University’s ‘improvements’ in its curriculum, Maharashtra State Board decided on taking the baton forward with by making revisions in order to orient the curriculum with a Maharashtra-centric approach on history.
Sadanand More, chairman of the History subject committee of the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbook Production and Curriculum Research, told Mumbai Mirror that the revisions were made to orient the curriculum with a Maharashtra-centric view of history.
Now, the students will be taught history revolving around The Maratha Empire, with a major focus on Shivaji’s reign thereby claiming Mughal and Western history to be irrelevant for the students.
“We are from Maharashtra, we need to learn more about the history of this region. I don’t think there is anything wrong in that,” added More.
The revisions made are:
- Following the current ‘changing of names’ trend, Shivaji has been renamed as ‘An Ideal Ruler’ from prior ‘People’s King’.
- The French Revolution, Greek philosophy and the American War of Independence have either been chucked out or reduced to mere 3-4 lines.
- At least five chapters on the rise and fall of major dynasties in India have been condensed into one chapter — India before the times of Shivaji Maharaj.
- Muslim rulers have not been mentioned at all. Which means children do not get to study about Razia Sultana, first woman ruler of Delhi or Muhammad bin Tughlaq, or even Sher Shah Suri, who forced Humayun to exile.
- No mention of rupaya – the currency Afghan’s bought to India.
- The revised textbook for students of class IX includes chapters on the Bofors scam and the Emergency of 1975-1977, where they highly criticize the Gandhi family.
Last year, Education Minister Vinod Tawde had convened a meeting at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, a think-tank promoted and run by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, where a syllabus revision was first discussed.
The process to revise Class X textbook has been initiated. The book currently comprises world history. An official on special duty at the school education department said, “We have taken feedback from subject experts and teachers before revising the textbooks. Teachers have already started teaching from the revised book. None of the stakeholders have objected to it yet. We don’t see any problem in the revised textbook.”