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NCERT Books to Use ‘Bharat’ Instead of ‘India’, Says Panel Member

NCERT Accepts Proposal for Change

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Learn about the recent decision to replace ‘India’ with ‘Bharat’ in NCERT books, and its implications for education and national identity.

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NCERT Accepts Proposal for Change

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has agreed to a proposal to replace the word ‘India’ with ‘Bharat’ in its textbooks. This decision was made by a panel member who recommended the change.

Proposal by ICHR

The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), which is a part of the Ministry of Education, suggested several changes to the NCERT in 2019. They wanted the history and social science textbooks to reflect the “Indian perspective” and “national ethos”. One of their suggestions was to use the term ‘Bharat’ instead of ‘India’ throughout the textbooks.

Why ‘Bharat’?

The panel member, who chose to remain anonymous, explained that ‘Bharat’ is a more culturally and historically appropriate term. They believe that ‘India’ is a name given by the British and does not truly represent the diversity and richness of our country’s culture and heritage. On the other hand, ‘Bharat’ is an inclusive and indigenous term that encompasses all regions and communities of India.

Bringing Pride and Belonging

The panel member also mentioned that using ‘Bharat’ instead of ‘India’ will help instill patriotism and nationalism among students. It will make them aware of our glorious past and present. They want students to be proud of their country, know about their roots and heritage, and respect their culture and traditions. They believe that using ‘Bharat’ will help achieve these goals.

Conclusion

The NCERT has accepted the proposal and will make the necessary changes in the textbooks. This decision aims to provide a more accurate representation of our country’s identity and foster a sense of pride and belonging among students.

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