Up in arms against the alleged bias in CBSEs history textbooks against warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji,neglect of legacy of saints,social reformers and freedom fighters from Maharashtra,the state BJP has decided to launch a statewide agitation from September 19.
The party has demanded the withdrawal of the history curriculum for the Std VII to XII,which allegedly gives secondary treatment to historical figures from Maharashtra.
While volumes have been dedicated to glorify Mughal history,role of Shivaji and others have been dismally portrayed. There is no mention about the great achievements and administrative decisions during Shivajis era,which have its relevance even today. His rule has been dismissed in a couple of paragraphs, state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said.
The syllabus has been prepared by 25 members,of which 19 are from Delhi,one each from Kolkota,Himachal Pradesh,Uttar Pradesh,Kerela and Madhya Pradesh. Not a single member is from Maharashtra,the BJP pointed out.
The Marathas who played a significant role in fighting the Mughals have been dismissed in a few lines. There is no mention of 400 years of rule of Rajputs. The CBSE textbooks,which are dominated by Mughal kings and history,have even skipped the mention of Prithviraj Chouhan and Maharana Pratap, Fadnavis said.
What is more shocking is that none of the social reformers from Maharashtra like Savitribai Phule who pioneered the concept of first girls school in country or Shahu Maharaj who introduced concept of reservation for the economically backward,have been mentioned, he said.
Of the total 2,100 pages of history,only two pages each have been devoted for Marathas and Rajputs. Information about Shivaji Maharaj is scanty and undermines his great contribution, the BJP leader said,adding that there is no mention of 27 years of prolonged battle waged by Marathas rulers against Aurangzeb.
Great warriors like Chhatrapati Sambhaji,Rajaram,Bajirao Peshva,Maharani Tarabai,Nansaheb Peshva and Senapati Santhi-Dhanaji have not even been mentioned, Fadnavis said.
BJP leaders are planning to meet Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to express their disappointment over the alleged prejudiced portrayal on Maharashtra in the CBSE textbooks and urge him to take up the matter with the Centre. The central BJP leadership will also raise the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union HRD ministry.