History textbooks have a historical past of being contentious: MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe

A home panel led by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has tabled a report on content material and design of college textbooks. The MP tells Sourav Roy Barman about its goal and potential impression.

Why did the committee really feel the necessity to concentrate on historical past textbooks?

We reviewed textbooks usually. But historical past textbooks have a historical past of being contentious. We mentioned not simply content material however presentation too.

Are you happy with the ultimate report that doesn’t actually level out the precise distortions that the panel had got down to take away?

We weren’t eager on making a laundry record. Our job was to suggest methods and means to make sure that no distortions happen in future. We have executed that.

The panel invited numerous RSS associates earlier than it to depose earlier than it. Did they’ve many apprehensions concerning the problem?

Many of them have researched this topic for a very long time. They have painstakingly analysed biases and known as for doing justice to unsung heroes. Other ideological teams additionally shared their views.

Will this report be helpful to the steering committee of the National Curriculum Framework to revise NCERT textbooks?

That is what we imagine. I’m positive it’ll assist create a guidelines of dos and don’ts whereas shaping the content material of a textbook.

What explains the dearth of illustration of ladies achievers in textbooks as identified by the committee?

All achievers want recognition. But when individuals, previously ministers, who describe girls solely as beauties, rule for a very long time, it’s least stunning that this occurred up to now. Now, issues will change.