Wednesday , July 17 2024

Details of Babri Masjid, Kar Seva, demolition removed from Class 12 book

New Delhi: As part of the revision of NCERT textbooks taught in over 30,000 schools across the country, the new Class 12 textbook has removed details of everything from Lord Rama to the Babri Masjid, Rath Yatra, Kar Seva, vandalism and the violence that followed. Major changes have been made to the Class 12 political science syllabus, including the removal of information on the Babri Masjid and rewriting the 'Ayodhya dispute' as 'Ayodhya issue'. Rejecting allegations of division in education in the country, the NCERT chief says there is no need to teach about riots and vandalism in schools.

In the NCERT Class 12 Political Science book, the reference to 'believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ram' has been changed to 'Shri Ram's birthplace, one of the most sacred religious places and its legal ownership was disputed'. Instead of naming the Babri Masjid in the book, it will be taught as a 'three-domed structure'.

Apart from this, the chapter on Ayodhya in the new book has been reduced from four pages to two pages. This includes BJP's Rath Yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya, the role of kar sevaks, violence after the demolition of Babri Masjid, President's rule and BJP's regret over the violence in Ayodhya.

For the first time, the book mentions Ayodhya as Ram Janmabhoomi as 'Bhagwan Ram' has been changed to 'Shri Ram'. This is the fourth time since 2014 that the NCERT book has been revised, indicating an update based on the latest political developments. The new book will be implemented for the 2024-25 academic session, with the aim to link academic content with contemporary political events.

The old book said that the Babri Masjid was built by Mir Baqi, the commander of Mughal emperor Babur, in the 16th century. However, now this chapter states that a three-domed structure was built at the birthplace of Shri Ram in 1528. However, many Hindu symbols were built into this structure. Apart from this, the new book also includes the Supreme Court's decision on the Ayodhya dispute. It states that on November 9, 2019, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court ruled that this land belongs to Ram Mandir.

The old book had pictures of some newspaper cuttings in which the order to remove the Kalyan Singh government was given after the Babri demolition. These pictures have now been removed.

– Why should we teach about riots in schools: NCERT chief Saklani

New Delhi: A controversy has started over the changes made recently in the 12th class political science book by the country's premier educational institution NCERT. At such a time, NCERT Chairman Dinesh Prasad Saklani rejected the allegations of saffronisation of the school curriculum. When asked about removing the Babri Masjid demolition or the communal riots that followed from the curriculum, Saklani said, “Why should we teach about riots in the school curriculum?” We want to make people positive citizens. Should we teach our students in such a way that they become aggressive, create hatred in society or become victims of hatred? Is this the purpose of education? Why should we teach young children about riots? They can find out about it themselves when they grow up.