Historical Education for Citizens

Michael Gottlob

in History and Politics in Post-Colonial India

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072485
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080731 | DOI:
Historical Education for Citizens

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This chapter explores the controversy surrounding history textbooks for school students. The central premise surrounding this controversy was that of national identity. The chapter studies the case of National Council of Education and Research Training (NCERT) textbooks, which are supposed to serve as model textbooks for the whole of India. Contentious issues like alleged references to Guru Tegh Bahadur as plunderer, furore over mention of beef-eating in Vedic societies, and historical debate on Ramjanmabhoomi–Babri Masjid are discussed. Excerpts from textbooks used in schools are used to elaborate the politics around national identity and the basic values of a society.

Keywords: National Council of Education and Research Training (NCERT); traditional Indian education; Ramjanmabhoomi–Babri Masjid; Guru Tegh Bahadur; beef-eating; textbooks; national identity

Chapter.  17406 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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