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NCERT to Replace ‘India’ with ‘Bharat’ in Textbooks, Proposes ‘Classical History’ Over ‘Ancient History

Committee Recommends 'Bharat' Over 'India' in NCERT Books

October 25,2023: In a significant shift, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is set to make a historic alteration in its textbooks. Henceforth, students will encounter the term ‘Bharat’ instead of ‘India’ within the pages of NCERT books. The unanimous decision to implement this change was reached by the panel of NCERT members, reflecting a pivotal moment in the country’s educational landscape.

The proposal to replace ‘India’ with ‘Bharat’ in NCERT textbooks garnered unanimous support within the council. This change will take effect in the next series of NCERT books, following a few months since the initial proposal was introduced. This development comes at a time when the debate over ‘India’ versus ‘Bharat’ has intensified throughout the nation.

The friction between the two terms gained prominence when the invitation card for the G-20 conference displayed ‘President of India,’ prompting strong criticism from opponents. Amidst this fervor, it was noted that ‘Bharat’ has often been used interchangeably with ‘India’ on numerous occasions, including on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name boards as ‘Prime Minister of India.’

Furthermore, the committee overseeing NCERT textbooks has put forth another noteworthy recommendation. They propose replacing the traditional divisions of ‘ancient history,’ ‘medieval history,’ and ‘modern history’ with the more comprehensive ‘classical history.’ This change aims to rectify the British-imposed categorization of Indian history and eliminate the implied notion of India being devoid of scientific awareness during ancient times.

The committee contends that the British colonialists segmented India’s history into ‘ancient,’ ‘medieval,’ and ‘modern’ periods, with ‘ancient’ implying a lack of scientific enlightenment. This new approach acknowledges the nation’s continuous cultural and scientific development over the centuries. The committee’s suggestion is accompanied by examples from Indian history, including the groundbreaking contributions of Aryabhata to the field of astronomy and the solar system.


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