New Delhi: Books published by the National Council of Education, Research and Training (NCERT), especially textbooks of history, have always been controversial for their alleged misrepresentation of facts. However, rewriting the books or correcting the mistakes in them had been an arduous task for the Ministry of Human Resource & Development. Some amateur historians accepted this challenge and, with the help of 110 RTI applications and a 1,100-page long petition, published a book titled Brainwashed Republic after 5 years of hard work.
The book was released by Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. Speaking on the occasion, Swamy said that the examination and rectification of the lies and distortions in the NCERT history textbooks should be prioritised. “Brainwashed Republic brings to the fore the impunity with which the NCERT was compromised during the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) regime. During both the terms of the ousted alliance, history was totally rewritten to serve the purpose of divisive forces. Young and impressionable minds of the children are being hijacked to be more prone to accept the narrative of breaking India forces,” said Swamy.
Appreciating the work done by the authors of the book, Neeraj Atri and Munieshwer A Sagar, Swamy added, “Brainwashed Republic is valuable for historians and researchers in the field of history. The book presents in a step-by- step way historical facts juxtaposed with the lies in the current NCERT history textbooks. The book is an honest and unique effort in preparing this compilation, which is very useful and handy for all the relevant information and needs to be lauded.”
Earlier, sharing his insights into the book, Neeraj Atri, who is also chairman of the National Centre for Historical Research and Comparative Studies (NCHRCS), said, “Facts are the guiding light for the book and not any ideology. The book exposes the blatant manner in which democratic institutions are being used to subvert the thought process of Indians. It exposes how this academic subversion sows the seeds of social unrest among various groups on the basis of linguistic, regional and caste identities.”
The book is a result of more than 6 years of in-depth research. Authors had earlier applied for detailed information regarding the current history textbooks from the NCERT under the RTI Act (Right to Information Act). Later on, they, under the aegis of NCHRCS, had filed a writ petition in the Punjab & Haryana High Court and pointed out over 182 anomalies/ errors and unsubstantiated statements and biases in the NCERT history textbooks of Classes VI to XII.
On the directions of the court, the NCHR submitted a detailed list along with the original first-hand sources to the NCERT so as to enable them to correct the History textbooks.