The Central Information Commission (CIC) has criticized NCERT for removing out national icons and freedom fighters like Subhas Chandra Bose from its school textbooks. The commission has asked strictly on which grounds did NCERT made this curb in the content.
NCERT has been asked to disclose their reason on why they have shorten the content of Swami Vivekananda from 1250 words to mere 37 words in their class XII history book. The mention of Swami Vivekananda has been cut completely out from the class VIII history book by NCERT. Along with these revolutionary people there were another 36 names, who have participated in the freedom struggle of India, have been chopped by NCERT. These revolutionary figures have been shifted rather to a short shrift in the school text books.
The decision of NCERT resulted in people filing RTI pleas on why the decision has been taken up by the council. According to a report, a Jaipur resident Surya Pratap Singh Rajwat filed numerous RTI pleas to find out why names of 36 national and influential revolutionary leaders like Chandrasekhar Azad, Ashfaqullah Khan, Batukeshwar Dutt, Ram Prasad Bismil and many others are getting omitted from the NCERT history books. He further pointed out that it is not right to give 37 pages space to let the students know about the history of cricket and fabrics while omitting the mentions of our freedom fighters and national leaders.
According to NCERT officials it was stated that the suggestions of Rajwat given through the RTI’s would be forwarded to the syllabus revision committee to have discussion regarding the same.