Prime Information, State (Bengaluru), June 28:- Latest modifications at school textbooks in Karnataka, proposed by the Rohith Chakrathirtha Committee, have sparked protests throughout the state. College students, distinguished educationists, and political and spiritual leaders are resisting the BJP-led state authorities’s makes an attempt to ‘saffronise’ schooling.
Saffronisation is just not, nevertheless, the one agenda at work in these modifications and a better evaluation of the focused redactions and telling additions to syllabi makes obvious the underlying shift in strategy to schooling as an entire. Previously 12 months alone, schooling boards in Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh have ensured comparable revisions to their Historical past and Social Science syllabus specifically, every state citing the Nationwide Training Coverage (NEP) 2020’s emphasis on “historical Indian data methods” to defend their case.
The folks’s battle for a consultant, counter-hegemonic historical past has been a protracted drawn one. As Amulya B writes within the Deccan Herald, “There by no means has been a time when Kannada textbooks represented Kannada literary tradition precisely. Be it Kuvempu or Basavanna, the chosen works had been introduced devoid of their caste context and revolutionary potential.” And but, the newest textbook revisions have taken this erasure to an entire new degree. Twentyseven Dalit writers together with distinguished representatives of the Bandaya literary motion have been faraway from syllabi. The poems of Siddalingaiah, Chennanna Walikar, and Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy had been deleted from textbooks in Class 4, 5 and 6 respectively. Whole chapters on girls social reformers equivalent to Akkamahadevi, and on girls freedom fighters equivalent to Kamala Chattopadhyay, have been cleaned from Class 7 Social Science syllabi. The plan, it seems, is for future generations to develop up with no data of the likes of Narayanaguru, Periyar, and even Kanakadasa. As a substitute, it intends for them to develop up studying Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologues equivalent to VD Savarkar and KB Hegdewar, Chakravarthy Sulibele together with factually-skewed maps of Akhand Bharat.
These modifications lay naked the hypocrisy of the RSS-BJP regime. On the one hand, the regime is investing within the patronage of revered figures equivalent to Basavanna, eyeing the Lingayat vote. Union Residence Minister Amit Shah himself paid tribute to the social reformer on Basava Jayanti this 12 months, and shortly after, CM Bommai sanctioned Rs 700 crore for the reconstruction of the historic Anubhava Mantapa in Basavakalyan. Then again, they know that Basavanna’s teachings pose a direct problem to the very fundamentals of their ideology, rooted as it’s in each caste and communalism. Thus, in essential edits made to the college classes on Basava, his anti-caste perspective is conveniently dropped. (MR, Inputs: Companies).
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