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'Replace syllabus with WhatsApp forwards': Netizens say as NCERT recommends replacing India with Bharat in textbooks

NCERT Panel approves replacing 'INDIA' with 'BHARAT' in NCERT books. Politicians like Sanjay Raut, Manoj Jha criticize decision to change name. Mixed reactions on social media to recommendation of name change

The committee has unanimously recommended that the name 'Bharat' should be used in the textbooks for students across classes. We have also recommended introducing classical history instead of ancient history in the textbooksPremium
The committee has unanimously recommended that the name 'Bharat' should be used in the textbooks for students across classes. We have also recommended introducing classical history instead of ancient history in the textbooks

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) Panel has recommended a number of changes for the school textbooks. The major changes include replacing Ancient History with Classical History, introduction of Indian Knowledge System (IKS) in curriculum for all subjects, and replacing the name India with Bharat in textbook. The changes are a recommendation from the Committee, as announced by chairman C I Issac. The Council has said that no decision has been made yet.

"The committee has unanimously recommended that the name 'Bharat' should be used in the textbooks for students across classes. We have also recommended introducing classical history instead of ancient history in the textbooks," Isaac told PTI.

"Bharat is an age-old name. The name Bharat has been used in ancient texts, such as Vishnu Purana, which is 7,000 years old," Isaac said.

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This is how Netizens reacted

The social media remained confused and shared mixed reaction to the recommendation. While one user shared a snippet from Doordarshan Ramayan and thanked the Panel for ‘bringing back the ancient name of India’.

In what seems like a revival of the India versus Bharat row that began during the G-20 Summit held in September in India, social media seemed to have erupted assuming the change has already been implemented. 

“An interesting development", quipped another user. “'Replace syllabus with WhatsApp forwards" said another.

“NCERT to replace INDIA with BHARAT in all its textbooks and highlight victories of Hindu kings. This is not the India Aurangzeb dreamed of : Audrey Tucchi" wrote another user.

“The #NCERT panel has unanimously approved to replace 'INDIA' with 'BHARAT' in all NCERT books. If anyone likes it or not, it was, is and will be BHARAT forever. INDIA that is my BHARAT" added another. 

Some even took to being sarcastic about the recommendation and said, “What a master stroke !! It will add 2lakh Employment in 2023". 

“Yes this will reduce inflation and fuel prices are going to come down" added another. 

Politicians react to India-Bharat name change

Taking a sarcastic jibe at PM Narendra Modi government and the effort top solidify a win in 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Manoj Jha Said, "Ever since the birth of the INDIA alliance, several reactions have been coming from BJP leaders...They are not able to figure out how to attack the INDIA alliance...I believe this is a hysterical reaction. Now NCERT is doing this. What will you do with Article 1 which says India that is Bharat. If the INDIA alliance changes its name to Bharat, then what will they do?"

Harping on the same lines of Manoj Jha, Shiv Sena (UBT) member Sanjay Raut said, “It's a political decision. They started hating the name India since the major political parties came together and formed the INDIA alliance…Isn't this your responsibility to call an all-party meeting of all political parties to discuss it or hold a discussion in the coming parliament session?"

AAP Spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar said, "We don't have an issue with either Bharat or India, I'm telling you that PM Modi has an issue with India and that happened only after the INDIA alliance has been formed"

 

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Published: 25 Oct 2023, 06:02 PM IST
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