After changing the content of school textbooks, the Indian government has been accused of trying to reshape history to suit a Hindu nationalist agenda so that children do not learn about Mahatma Gandhi’s opposition to Hindu nationalism and the controversial religious uprising. According to reports, Narendra Modi is also involved in this Guardian.
Textbooks were revised to remove chapters on the history of the Mughal Empire, which was ruled by Muslim rulers who controlled much of India between the 16th and 19th centuries.
India’s ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has publicly expressed its desire to rid the country of its secular foundations, rewrite India’s history, and rid itself of what it describes as a “slave mentality” through the measures it has implemented. of colonial oppressors.
In 2019, Home Minister Amit Shah said, “It is our responsibility to write our history.”
Among the changes made to Indian school textbooks were the removal of sections describing Hindu nationalists’ dislike of Gandhi, India’s famous freedom fighter, and their attempts to kill him.
Gandhi was assassinated in 1948 by Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse.
The Gujarat riots are another controversial topic lifted from textbooks: In 2002, Modi was chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat when he was accused of complicity in the violence, including several brutal attacks on Muslim families that left more than 1,000 dead, mostly Muslims.
“You can change the truth in the books but you cannot change the history of the country,” said Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge.
Aditya Mukherjee, professor of contemporary Indian history at Jawaharlal Nehru University, said, “Every time in our history we have seen a particular community being destroyed, that community has been destroyed.
Author: Raul Nesoyu
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