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 hollow introduction to the Calendar

On page 8 of the book of history for class VI children we have a boxed explanation on the popular calendar system. The child is told that we adapted this calendar system 200 years back. What he is not told is the fact that the Vikrami Samvat is still the more popular calendar system followed in Bharat that is India. All the Indian Holidays and festivals follow the Vikrami Samvat.

Also note that the way the information is presented in this box, the child will be left wondering if India had any calendar system at all before we started following the Christian calendar.

There is an obvious intention when NCERT skips the Hindu calendar. If the child is told that the current year is the year 5107 (yugabd), then obviously he is going to ask -- how come it is only 3500 years past the Rig Veda?


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