In a significant move, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has given its approval to replace the term “India” with “Bharat” in all textbooks across the country. The proposal has been welcomed by a special committee formed to finalize textbooks and other educational plans at the national level. The unanimous support for this change indicates a new direction in how Indian history and identity are taught in schools.
‘India’ to ‘Bharat’
One of the most talked-about proposals is to replace the name ‘India’ with ‘Bharat’ in textbooks. This change is expected to reflect the traditional and indigenous name for the country. The idea behind this recommendation is to emphasize the historical and cultural significance of the name ‘Bharat’ while acknowledging the nation’s rich heritage.
Classical History vs. Ancient History
The committee has also suggested a shift from ‘ancient history’ to classical history’ in the curriculum. This change aims to provide a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of India’s historical evolution. It could entail a focus on specific periods or aspects of India’s history that are considered classical, offering a deeper exploration of the nation’s past.
Emphasizing ‘Hindu Victories’
Another notable recommendation from the committee is to emphasize ‘Hindu victories’ within the textbooks. While the specifies of how this will be implemented are yet to be finalized, the idea is to highlight key historical events where dynasties or rulers achieved significant triumphs.
Indian Knowledge System (IKS)
In a bid to foster a deeper connection to India’s rich intellectual heritage, the committee has proposed the incorporation of the Indian Knowledge System (IKS) into the curriculum for all subjects. This would means infusing traditional Indian knowledge and wisdom into various academic disciplines, thereby creating a more holistic and culturally rooted educational experience.
Committee Chairperson’s Perspective
Committee Chairperson C I Isaac has clarified that while these recommendations have been proposed, no final decision has been made regarding their implementation. The committee’s intention is to revamp the educational system in a way that preserves and highlights India’s rich heritage and history.