Enlightenment among the youth

Enlightenment among the youth

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SHUBHRA ANAND started this petition to Ministry of Human Resource Development (Enlightenment among youth) and

We need to learn the complete truth about our history. I would cite a very few examples of how wrongly history has been taught to children.

1. While school-history textbooks are adorned with Mughal history, contemporary rulers of the time are hardly given the importance and the prominence they deserve. Then there are some great historical figures of whom hardly anything is known. I am citing some examples here:Vijayanagar empire, Kalinga empire, Ahom kingdom, Gupta dynasty etc.

2. The historical facts are wrongly presented before young readers.                                           This is what a history book published by 'Prachi Publication' states about a barbaric ruler of Tughluq dynasty, Firuz Shah Tughluq,' Firuz Shah was a kind hearted, peace loving and just ruler. He adopted liberal policies...'.      

While the truth is:

An order was accordingly given to the Brahman and was brought before Sultan. The true faith was declared to the Brahman and the right course pointed out. but he refused to accept it. A pile was risen on which the Kaffir with his hands and legs tied was thrown into and the wooden tablet on the top. The pile was lit at two places his head and his feet. The fire first reached him in the feet and drew from him a cry, and then fire completely enveloped him. Behold Sultan for his strict adherence to law and rectitude.

— Tarikh-i Firoz Shahi

Some Hindus had erected a new idol-temple in the village of Kohana, and the idolaters used to assemble there and perform their idolatrous rites. These people were seized and brought before me. I ordered that the perverse conduct of this wickedness be publicly proclaimed and they should be put to death before the gate of the palace. I also ordered that the infidel books, the idols, and the vessels used in their worship should all be publicly burnt. The others were restrained by threats and punishments, as a warning to all men, that no zimmi could follow such wicked practices in a Musulman country.       

-Firuz Shah Tughluq, Futuhat-i Firoz Shahi

It is high time that we stop embedding false facts in the minds of young children.

So, what we need in this case is a strict supervision by the HRD Ministry on the content published by these private publishing companies.

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