शिक्षा बचाओ -- Shiksha Bachao

"The child is taken to school, and the first thing he learns is that his father is a fool, the second thing that his grandfather is a lunatic, the third thing that all his teachers are hypocrites, the fourth that all the sacred books are lies. By the time he is 16, he is a mass of negation -- lifeless and boneless." -- Swami Vivekananda

A denigrating quote from the Arthashastra

In a box on page 95, in the book on history for class VI, NCERT quotes from the Arthashastra. NCERT forgets to tell the child that the books get polluted over a period of time, especially when the country undergoes turmoil and slavery. As the women were being paid according to the "quality and quantity" of work, and they themselves were to visit the official (on completion of work which they do at their home), the last line, about the punishment on not completing the work, is obviously a later addition (pollution).

Note that this is the only quote NCERT has made from the Arthashastra in the whole book. Also note the stire in the question that has been asked at the end of the quote. What effect is this going to have on the child? Will he not think that his ancestors were lunatics?


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