Students studying in the classes 7 to 9 under the state board of Maharashtra will no longer learn about the history of the Mughals and Westerners because they have been termed as irrelevant by the state education department and members of the History Subject Committee. All of this will be replaced by the history of the Marathas.
According to the reports from the Indian Express, the history textbook for these classes will revolve around the Maratha Empire and the warrior king Shivaji.
Sadanand More, head of the committee said, "The point of reference for Class 7 is the Maratha empire, Maharashtra and India before and after Chhatrapati Shivaji. In Class 9, the point of reference is events impacting Indian political scenario."
Before the syllabus for the history textbooks was revised, the textbooks contained an elaborate description on the Mughal emperors and their contributions and impact of the west countries such as, French Revolution, Greek philosophy etc.
More added, "The idea was to revise the syllabus to make it more Maharashtra-centric, to make it more relevant for students of the state board.
We are from Maharashtra, we need to learn more about the history of this region. I don't think there is anything wrong in that. Why is nobody pointing out the fact the Central board schools and those following ICSE curriculum have hardly a page on our state and just a few paragraphs on Shivaji? Students interested in opting for higher studies can learn about those topics later. It is not relevant right now".