India is a country that is recognized for its diverse culture. A country where people are free to follow their own faith and celebrate different kinds of festivals. It is surely a country full of colors and I guess that is the reason why we call it “Incredible India”. However, since the last few years, this diverse culture has been dying a slow death. We have witnessed serious issues like mob lynchings, religious conversion and witch-hunting of student activists. The idea of India as a secular country now seems like a mirage.
In schools, children are taught about democracy, secularism and history of partition. They get a gist of how we elect our government and how there are thousands of distinct and unique cultures of all religions and communities present in India. But what would happen if we tear out that very essential chapters from their books?
While the nation was fighting a deadly virus, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decided to completely remove the chapters on federalism, citizenship, nationalism, and secularism from the political science curriculum of Class 11 for the academic year 2020-21. This erupted a controversy that these chapters are being dropped to propagate a particular ideology. Soon after this, social media criticized this move by the CBSE board by saying that the board should also remove the chapter on democracy.
A country that has its own identity for being a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic, Republic, with a parliamentary system of government, is now somewhere diminishing in dust. People have started questioning the ideology behind the move for removing such essential chapters from the books. Not long ago, The National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) had revised a chapter in its Class 12th political science textbook by removing the portion on separatist politics in Jammu and Kashmir and added the abrogation of Article 370, that gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Abrogation of Article 370 by the centre on August 5, 2019, came into force overnight, when none of the masses were aware of it. The saddest part of the whole incident was that the government didn’t even consider the state’s citizens opinion and how it’s going to impact them. Followed by revocation of article 370, people living in the valley had to face month long curfew along with the blackout of communication lines. So by these little, yet hard hitting steps, what kind of future are we walking towards? What kind of country the government wants India to be? These questions still remain unanswered.
Since 2014, the country has been going through a tough phase. The ruling government is continuously injecting a communal drug into our bloodstreams, that may take ages for detoxification. In a moment of crisis when incidents like these happens, where the vital chapters are removed from a student’s book, it raises a huge question mark on the intention of the government.