In July 2020, the national education board of India, ‘Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)’ removed these topics related to democracy, secularism, citizenship, nationalism, federalism and Ind-Pak partition.
Apart from these, topics like GST, demonetisation and Make In India are also removed by CBSE from NCERT textbooks and syllabus.
CBSE allegedly claims to ‘rationalise’ the syllabus studied by students. This news has created controversy among seculars and nationalists.
What all topics are deleted?
Here is the list of topics deleted from textbooks of class 9 to class 12:
- Ind-Pak partition
- Make In India
- Democratic rights
Why are these topics deleted?
According to CBSE, these topics are removed to ‘rationalise’ the syllabus studied by students.
According to HRD Minister, Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal (a member of the current ruling party, BJP), these topics are removed as a part of 30% reduction is school syllabus to make up with the academic loss for the session 2020-2021 due to Coronavirus pandemic. Though, there is no clarity about these topics to back in books and syllabus as it is a well-known fact that deleted topics don’t come back that often in NCERT.
What do oppositions say?
The oppositions including social welfare organisations, activists, political parties like Shiv Sena and Congress etc. claim this to be a blunder and a planned malpractice.
Is this decision right?
This decision is surely wrong as it is against Indian ethics. We all know the fact that the country, India, was created on the pillars of secularism and democracy where these values are really essential and they should be seriously taught to each and every student in India.
We cannot forget the discriminatory law, CAA brought in by Mr. Shah where entire India suffered from various riots, hatred and conflicts over equity. Now, this is another malpractice where the basic fundamental teachings of an Indian are getting removed.
Talking about the deleting topics like demonetisation, is also unfair. We all know with the major Economists that demonetisation was a big failure, now removal of this topic from books seem to be really self-explanatory. This might be a practice to hide the governmental failures and collect vote bank.