The history of the great Mughal Empire that ruled for more than 300-years seems to be facing extinction after the Maharashtra State Education Board decided to replace the space given to the famous dynasty in the textbooks by modern Indian history explaining Bofors scam and the Emergency of 1975-1977.
The development, reported by Mumbai Mirror states that the state education board has brought these changes after discussing the matter with an RSS-sponsored think tank. The re-worked history textbooks will be implemented in schools starting this academic session.
As per reports, the textbooks for Std VII and IX will efface the previous detailed version explaining the Mughal supremacy across India will find little to no space at all.
Surprisingly, apart from omitting Razia Sultana and Muhammad bin Tuqhlaq, the books will have no mention of the famous Mughal architecture such as Red Fort, Taj Mahal or Qutub Minar.
The new textbooks for Std VII speaking about the history of medieval India describes Akbar’s reign as: “Akbar was the most powerful king of the Mughal dynasty. When he tried to bring India under a central authority, he had to face opposition. Maharana Pratap, Chand Bibi, and Rani Durgavati struggled against him. Their struggle is noteworthy,” reports The Mirror.
Speaking to the daily, one Bapusaheb Shinde, a member of committees responsible for the revised textbooks, said that the State Education Minister Vinod Tawde along a think-tank with RSS affiliation was behind latest development.
“The need was felt to update history with modern events.The Mughal history has been reduced. Modern history needs to be incorporated,” Shinde told the daily.
One of the important mentions is the introduction of Shivaji as a central character in the medieval Indian history. The book will now extensively talk about the Martha generals and their contribution in nation’s history.
Notably, the title in the old textbooks describing Shivaji as `People’s King’ has now been changed to `An Ideal Ruler’.
The cover of the fresh textbooks displays “saffron flags” all over the map of the country, hinting of a “Hindutva” reign across India.