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

Love Story!

On page 28 (history book for class 7), NCERT says that the story of love of Radha and Krishna was very popular.

As shown in the quotes from the Class VI book, for NCERT Mahabharata and Ramayana are just stories.


Blogger desi101 said...

In this one case, you cannot really blaim the historians though one can expect them to do a better research than the layman. It is a layman's belief in India that Radhaji and Lord Krishan were childhood friends. What most of the people do not have resources to know and they do not care to know, is that Krishanji left Gokul at the age of twelve, before he reached adolosence. His games and frolicks were thus limited to his innocent childhood years. Even in the modern day west, boys and girls do not acquire boyfriends and girlfriends before they reach their teens. So Lord Krishan's relationship with the Gopis, who were mostly his mother's friends has to be that of a neighborhood boy who plays pranks on them and they take motherly joy in his actions. Another source tells us that Radha was in fact a married Gopi who was distantly related to Krishanji as Aunt. She thus was probably his favorite Aunt out of the whole lot. But as the folk lore has put their relationship in another light, their story has come to be known as a "love story". Somebody needs to take an initiative here, probably one of our religious leaders, to go into the books, dig out the proofs and put the whole thing in the right light. Till then we will have to put up with whatever they say about this misunderstood pair.

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