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Shrinking space for history in text books

Leading historians from across the country on Friday decried the shrinking space for history in school text books and abolition of history departments in some universities, saying 'a nation that fogets its past is like a person who has lost his memory'.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 12:38 IST
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Leading historians from across the country on Friday decried the shrinking space for history in school text books and abolition of history departments in some universities, saying 'a nation that fogets its past is like a person who has lost his memory'.

On the eve of the 66th Indian History Congress, scheduled to begin in Santiniketan from January 28, the historians also criticised the role of the Archaeological Survey of India in the protection of monuments.

“History teaching is facing a severe crisis with space devoted to the subject being reduced in school syllabi and questions being raised whether or not to include the history of colonial India and freedom movement in books,” Professor Irfan Habib of the Aligarh Muslim University said.

Professor Shireen Moosvi, the publication in-charge of the Indian History Congress said, “Though it is alright to emphasise on other subjects like Science, the NCERT must not forget that history is the only subject that provides critical acumen amongst students.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 12:38 IST