Pawar: Ef­forts made to dis­tort his­tory

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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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