Jaipur, Apr 8: In an attempt to familiarise students with 'local and national heroes' instead of foreign rulers and personalities like Akbar, Isaac Newton, etc. Rajasthan's education minister has planned rewriting texts books in the state.
As per a report published in the Indian Express, Rajasthan's primary and secondary education minister Vasudev Devnani, an RSS face in the Vasundhara Raje government, is working on rewriting 6.5 crore textbooks that will be circulated in the state's schools in the next academic session.
"Why should our children only learn about Akbar, the Great? Why not Maharana Pratap, the Great?," he asked. "Our children are constantly learning about foreign rulers, mathematicians, scientists et al," he was quoted as saying.
Devnani is the one who made 'surya namaskar' compulsory in schools and feels Indian students are overfed with stories on 'foreign personalities'. [Replace history books written by Britishers: Subramanian Swamy]
"Soon after I took charge, I wanted to rework the textbooks but I was told printing had started and making changes would cause a huge financial loss," This year, we will bring significant changes," he added.
Some of the names that the Vasundhara Raje Government wants to include in new textbooks are Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Veer Savarkar, Maharaja Suraj Mal and most prominently Maharana Pratap, who he insists, should have ‘The Great' suffixed to his name.
"In science books, we will include Aryabhatta, Bhaskaracharya. We have to build a feeling of of nationalism in our children," added the minister.
Earlier last year, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy advocated replacing history books written by British authors in pre-Independence era, alleging they had "distorted" facts about India.
Addressing students at Banaras Hindu University's (BHU) Swatantrata Bhawan hall, he said the history books written by Indians should be promoted instead of the ones written by the Britishers.
Swamy said that even in the course books of schools and colleges the facts about Hindu kings should be mentioned more than the Mughal emperors like Akbar, Aurangzeb and others. The BJP leader also said that Sanskrit should be made compulsory in schools.