History Back in Indian textbooks

Sunday June 27, 2004 · Flavio Grassi

A commission of historians established by the new Indian government has recommended scrapping the textbooks introduced by the past Hindu nationalist government.

The Hindu right of ex Prime Minister Vajpayee was attempting to “correct the mistakes of history” by correcting history books in the first place. Without even shying away from the ludicrous:

Memorably, one textbook claimed that the Taj Mahal, the Qu’tb Minar and the Red Fort, three of India’s outstanding examples of Islamic architecture, were designed and commissioned by Hindus.

The Guardian

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