According to the Braj Bihari Kumar, the newly appointed Chief of Indian Council of Social Science Research, subjects such as Hindu-Muslim riots and caste-based conflicts should not be the part of textbooks and school curriculum. According to him such textbooks can only create activist and not an educated student or citizen. He also believes that universities like JNU are becoming a breeding ground for the activists.
His point of view is that riots and caste based conflicts in India are just unfortunate events and must not be seen as a reflection of the Indian society.
"Textbooks are not meant for making students activists, but for educating them. Unfortunately the books are driven by an agenda today and there is a need for a curriculum rehaul. Subjects like Hindu-Muslim riots and caste-based conflicts should not form basis of students' mindset and their grooming," Mr Kumar told news agency PTI in an interview.
"Textbooks are in bad shape today. I had found a map in a social science textbook which was showing Jammu and Kashmir out of India, there was another one not showing north east area as part of the country. There are several lapses in our textbooks," he added.
He further said that he had also written two letters to former HRD minister Smriti Irani about the same but did not get any response from her.