While trifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir is being debated at many fora,the Education Department has come up with a novel idea to promote integration in the state. The Department plans to introduce lessons on the history of the three regions Jammu,Kashmir and Ladakh in school till the secondary level.
Kashmir is mini India. We have a very rich culture and history. While the students know about the history of other places,history of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be ignored. Students need to know about the place they live in. This will not only give them a better insight but also help in the integration of the state, said G A Peer,Secretary,Education.
According to experts,the knowledge of mixed roots will help in integration of the state and in inculcating the concept of communal harmony. When you teach students about their Hindu and Buddhist past,they will be able to look at things from a different perspective, said an expert.
Though,the final syllabi has not been approved,the Government plans to have a separate section on the state in the history books. According to officials,a committee will be constituted to finalise the syllabi. The decision is final and a committee will be in place soon, said Shagufta Parveen,Director,Education.
There are references to Kashmir history in the books. But now it will be in a consolidated form. It will be in a chronological order and there may be two or three chapters in each class,starting from class six onwards, said Peer.
According to Peer,the history of Kashmir will be chronicled from the times of Rajatarangini,a 12th century Sanskrit historical narrative,written by Kalhana,to the 14th century,when Islam gradually became the dominant religion in Kashmir,starting with the conversion of Rincana,the first king of a new dynasty from Ladakh in 1323.
The fact that Muslims and Hindus of Kashmir lived in relative harmony,since the Sufi-Islamic way of life that Muslims followed in Kashmir complemented the Rishi tradition of Kashmiri Pandits will also be included the books.