View from the Right: Lessons in history

Rajasthan education minister Vasudev Devnani where he defends the changes made by his government in school textbooks. He says the earlier syllabus had “several irregularities”.

Updated: June 8, 2016 12:01:28 am

Panchjanya has published an interview with Rajasthan education minister Vasudev Devnani where he defends the changes made by his government in school textbooks. He says the earlier syllabus had “several irregularities”. The Congress government removed the names of “nationalist leaders”, and gave wrong information about leaders like Veer Savarkar and Deen Dayal Upadhyay. We changed the syllabus to make students aware about the “proud past of India”. He says their focus was on three main points — students must study history of Rajasthan’s brave leaders, feel proud of the Indian culture, and become better citizens and patriots. “The syllabus during the Congress regime had several qualitative mistakes,” he says. “Nehru is mentioned at least 15 instances,” he said. Lessons on Akbar the Great were taught earlier, he said, adding “we added Pratap the Great”. “Mahatma Gandhi fought against the British because they were invaders. In this country, Mahatma Gandhi is great, not the Britishers,” he says, and adds that “Akbar was an invader. Maharana Pratap did not accept his subjugation and fought against him. Therefore, in our country Maharana is great, not Akbar.”

The earlier syllabus said the first movement of freedom began in 1885 because the Congress was established this year. “However, all know that the freedom struggle had begun in 1857,” he said.

Cure for Congress

An editorial in Organiser attacks the Congress in the context of the allegations raised against “the celebrated son-in-law of the family”. Noting that the “first-family is the glue that holds” the party, it slams Congress leaders for contending that “Robert Vadra is a private citizen (who is) being harassed only because of his marital links”. “The rage shown by the Congress president in response to mere media reports alleging dubious links of her celebrated son-in-law with a middleman involved in defence deals is difficult to digest,” according to the editorial. The response is “a symptom of the larger existential crisis Congress is grappling with” or the “victimhood’ syndrome,” it said.

It notes the Congress could bounce back in the past due to the “entrenched organisational structure and patronage system created by the Congress System”. The return of the Congress under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi in 2004 was more creditable as neither the mandate was decisive nor the Congress had prevailing organisational strength,” it said. However, after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the party has been losing ground across the country. “Perhaps, Sonia Gandhi is sensing this transformation, hence the outrage against any allegations,” it said. It called for “freeing Congress from its own culture”. The editorial said the party’s revival “perhaps lies in evolving a meritorious organisation where an individual can climb up the organisational ladder on the basis of ability and contribution”.

Time travel

The cover story in Organiser, “Teach True History of Bharat”, notes “the excavations of late 20th and 21st century revealed the existence of a Bharatiya civilisation in unbroken continuity since 8000 BC”. It refutes “the Aryan invasion/migration theory”, which “artificially divided the Bharatiya samaj on the basis of Aryan-Dravida and Adivasi-Videshi to destroy national integrity”. It led to the “socio-political divisive movements of the south and western Bharat 1940 onwards”. It praises the work of “a great nationalist archaeologist, B.B. Lal” which “provides an overview of socio-cultural evolution of Bharat”. “This archaeological data supported by radiometric dates suggested an unbroken history of Bharatiya culture of minimum last 10,000 years,” the report says, and adds that school textbooks wrongly place “the national history of Harappa, 3000 BC of Marshall”.

A programme at the department of Sanskrit at Delhi University has “established that the date of Rig Veda (6000 BC, according to astronomical tool) can’t be first millennium BC as western and communist historians propagate”. Recent research suggests that vedic culture has recorded history of more than 10,000 years. “This scientific and rational history of our Bharat should be introduced in the education system of this country,” the report says, and adds that “the Masol findings, if true, could negate the African origin theory of present day human species”.

Compiled by Ashutosh Bhardwaj.

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