Pawar: Efforts made to distort history
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday expressed concerns over “systematic efforts to convert India into a Hindu nation by means of distorting history”. He said young minds are being spoilt by distorting history through school textbooks.
Addressing a seminar of historians — organised by NCP leader Jitendra Awhad — to discuss current social issues, including intolerance, Pawar offered help to the historians to “save history in its original form”. Making a veiled attack on the government, Pawar said: “I fear, if they succeed, what we will teach the next generation,” he said.
The seminar assumes political significance as it is being seen as an effort to reignite the ‘rising intolerance’ debate. Pawar also offered help to “secular historians who wish to raise their voices” by conducting seminars through organisations such as Yashwantrao Chavan Pratishthan and Nehru Science Centre. Pawar heads both the organisations.
Dr KM Shrimali, professor at Delhi University, criticised the government saying it has failed on all counts of fundamental rights provided in the Indian Constitution.
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