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India: History books rewritten by government


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The Indian government has altered textbooks to remove references to Mahatma Gandhi's opposition to Hindu nationalism and other controversial issues.India is ushering in a new age of history -- or at least, the history that is being taught in schools from grades six to 12. The authorities have revised history and politics textbooks to remove references to Mahatma Gandhi's disapproval of Hindu nationalism as well as chapters on hundreds of years of Muslim rule over large parts of modern-day India. Even references to the 2002 Gujarat riots in which over 1,000 people -- mostly Muslims -- were killed have also been taken out of textbooks intended for India's youth. At the time, Gujarat was led by India's current Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Critics decry the revisions as a government's attempt to rewrite India's history and make it suit the Hindu nationalist agenda. In turn, the government says the measures were aimed to rationalize the syllabus and reduce workload for students.


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