The controversy around Mughals and their image in India has, time and again, incited many legal and illegal episodes. The recent one is a direct RTI asking for some clarification on alleged misinformation in NCERT textbooks.
What Is The Petition About?
In an RTI (Right To Information) application filed on 3rd of September 2020, the applicant, Shivank Verma, sought two clarifications from NCERT, as reported by OpIndia.
Both the doubts are in the context of a paragraph mentioned on page 234 in the book ‘Themes of Indian History (Part II)’ for class XII.
The paragraph suggests that the Mughal emperors bestowed grants to all places of worship, including temples even for maintenance and repair. The complainant asked for illumination of the sources used by the authors to arrive at such a conclusion.
Secondly, he also inquired about the details of the temples repaired by Aurangzeb and Shahjahan during their respective reigns.
What Did NCERT Reply?
Just like the fate of all other RTIs, this also did not bear any results. NCERT, in its casual reply, informed that the information in question is not available with them on the 18th of November, 2020.
All these particulars are based on an image of the RTI letter that has been doing the rounds on social media. Therefore, the authenticity of this event is not proved yet.
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What Is It With The Ruckus Now?
With the New Education Framework (NEF) coming in, the parliament has taken up the responsibility to reform the school textbooks. The parliamentary standing committee has claimed to balance the weightage given to various topics and remove references to any distorted facts.
Coincidentally, the letter also went viral around the same time as the news of the committee and its proposals did.
How Did The Netizens React To It?
The reaction was pretty much that of anger and disappointment with the most advanced educational institute in India. Within a few hours, it started trending on Twitter.
One of the significant accusations put forth by the Twitterati was that Mughal history is given too much emphasis.
They also slammed NCERT as a leftist organization created to train the kids to love their oppressors. Netizens blamed them for perpetuating lies generations after generations.
It also encouraged others to come up and seek justification for similar disputed facts mentioned in the book.
The annoyance reached such heights that pictures of people burning the textbooks also went viral on the internet.
It is clearly a social media mob mentality. It is definitely a matter of concern if the wrong information is being passed on to us through textbooks.
But unless confirmed, we should avoid any such behavior that can abate the faith of our school-going kids in the education system of the country.
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