The present government’s obsession with whitewashing caste is obvious considering they want to expound the notion that there is equality and no caste issues within Hinduism. How else can they bring Hindus under brand Hindutva?
The HRD ministry has decided to remove three chapters from the NCERT History text books. The chapters to be deleted include one on clothing and how social movements influenced how we dressed (Clothing – A history). The second chapter (History and Sport: The Story of Cricket) is on the history of cricket in India and its connection to the politics of caste, region and community. The third chapter (Peasants and Farmers) focuses on the growth of capitalism and how colonialism altered the lives of peasants and farmers. This is being done under the garb of ‘reducing burden on students’.
Here are the key points in each of the three chapters:
It talks about the about how forests and pastures was regulated by modern governments, and how these restrictions and controls affected the lives of those who used these resources. It highlights the small cottagers in England, the wheat farmers of the USA, and the opium producers of Bengal
The chapter begins with the history of clothing and how the French Revolution transformed many aspects of social and political life. Then it moves towards the restrictive English dressing and how it changed with the World War. Then it moves towards the transformation in dressing in India.
This chapter talks about the long and chequered history of cricket.