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Gujarat Riots? What Gujarat Riots, Say UP School Textbooks

| Updated: April 4, 2023 11:16

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has removed chapters and topics related to ‘Kings and Chronicles; the Mughal Courts (C. 16th and 17th centuries)’ from the History textbook “Themes of Indian History-Part II” under its new rationalised syllabus to be taught in Class 12 onwards the academic session 2023-24, briefed state Secondary Education department officials. NCERT also has removed chapters and topics related to the Gujarat riots from class 12 political science textbooks from the chapter title ‘Recent Developments in Indian Politics’.

Accordingly, Uttar Pradesh government schools will adopt from this academic session the NCERT’s new Class 12 history textbooks in which portions about Mughal courts, and Class 12 political textbooks in which portions about Gujarat riots have been removed.

Similarly, lessons regarding “Central Islamic lands,” “Confrontation of Cultures” and “The Industrial Revolution” too have been removed from the Class 11 textbook “Themes In World History-Part 1,” they added.

Under the removed topics from the class 12 History books, are “Akbarnama” (the official chronicle of the reign of Akbar) “Badshah Nama” (chronicle of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan), Mughal rulers and their empire, composition of manuscripts, colour illustrations, ideal states, capitals and courts, titles, gifts and presents, royal family, royal bureaucracy, Mughal elite, information and empire, borders.

Similarly, chapters like “US Hegemony in World Politics” and “The Cold War Era” have also been completely dropped from the Class 12 Civics textbook.

“Rise of Popular Movements” and “Era of One-Party Dominance” have also been omitted from the textbook “Politics in Indian Since Independence” taught to Class 12 students

In this, the nature of dominance of the Congress, Socialist Party, Communist Party of India, Bharatiya Jana Sangh and the Swatantra Party were taught. Lessons on “Democracy and Diversity,” “Popular Struggles and Movement,” “Challenges to Democracy” have also been removed from the Class 10 textbook “Democratic Politics-II.”

Confirming the new rationalised syllabus of classes 10, 11 and 12, UP Board secretary Divyakant Shukla said the links of subject-wise rationalised syllabus for session 2023-24 made available by NCERT have been provided on the official website of UP Board—

“Books published according to the rationalised syllabus too are now available in the market,” he added.

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