Manish Sisodia to HRD: School books should not become ideological battleground

Manish Sisodia made these submissions at the 54th General Council meeting of the NCERT, after having read textbooks of Class I to Class VIII, and interacting with teachers.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 28, 2017 5:26 am

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has written to Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar saying that school textbooks should not become an ideological battleground between the Left and the Right, and should focus on being child-friendly.

He has submitted detailed suggestions on what needs to change with regard to National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) books.

Sisodia made these submissions at the 54th General Council meeting of the NCERT, after having read textbooks of Class I to Class VIII, and interacting with teachers. Content review of textbooks, implementation of learning outcomes, adequate supply of textbooks and recruitment of non-academic staff were among the issues discussed at the meeting, attended by several state ministers.

“Textbooks have often been changed with change in governments. As new governments come in, they critique the earlier books. The tragedy of our education system is that these critiques are only ideological. Some governments bring in Left-wing academicians, others bring in Right-wing academicians and they criticise books on ideological grounds. However, this ideological battle ignores the very person who needs to be at the centre of this debate: the child…,” Sisodia wrote in the letter.

(With PTI inputs)

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    Ranjeet Rain
    Jun 29, 2017 at 7:39 am
    It is too late for ideological fight to cease. Jawaharlal Nehru didn't want a strong opposition so that he could make an India of his dreams. Unfortunately for India, Jawaharlal Nehru was an extremely selfish man who lacked the foresight for dreams of the size he had. He ended up turning India into a nation where the natives of the land became marginalized because they didn't learn to exploit the democratic political system unlike the minority Muslims did. What we see in the text-books is an extremely leftist ideology that has been shoved down little kids' throat for four generation now. Unless it is reversed India will become next Pakistan or Indonesia, lands that once had Sanatandharmi people but only have hard core Islamists now.
    1. V
      Jun 29, 2017 at 6:16 am
      Mr. Sisodiya has a convenient memory. For 70 years, India's textbooks have been hijacked by the Leftist and pseudo-secular brigade, that has actively re-written the history on its terms. Many inconvenient facts have been hidden or underplayed, to sell the big story from a Leftist angle. After 70 years, the country is in the hands of people who do not subscribe to the Leftist ideology. For sure, the textbooks have to be revised to present a more balanced picture. For instance, most of our textbooks completely hide the contributions of anyone other than Gandhi and Nehru. Contributions by other stalwarts are hidden. The atrocities of the Mughals on Hindus are underplayed, and we are expected to subscribe to a "secular" theory. What a joke.
      1. V
        Jun 28, 2017 at 5:36 pm
        Neither it shud preach falsehood. True representation of history is must. As far as I know it does not put forth glory of Indias pre mughal era. From Harappa, it directly jumps to mughal history. Maurya's chalukyas wodeyars, Marathas, Ahoms and several others are purposefully neglected. Also the barbaric acts of mughal and Nizam's and several other rulers are neglected. The armed freedom fighters are neglected as against non violent leaders .
        1. R
          Jun 28, 2017 at 4:03 pm
          A Dy. C.M. is talking like this! If he or his Govt. has any grievance he can take it up with the concern Department.
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            Uday Bhaskar
            Jun 28, 2017 at 8:13 am
            Who is this man, and does he not have a job?
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              Soma mitra
              Jun 28, 2017 at 8:33 pm
              Who are u ego doesn't know that Man .y dnt u stop reading news papers . waste of time
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