Indian media has marked this man as the one who is responsible for the “Saffronisation” of the Indian education system. He vehemently opposes his critics saying that NCERT text books are littered with lies and distortions about Indian history, culture and its heroes. Dinanath Batra is an educator and a long time activist fighting the education board and even served Sonia Gandhi legal notice for passing a All India Congress resolution that Vidya Bharati promoted negative attitude and violence towards minorities, justified the caste system and other notions such as sati and child marriage as part of Indian culture, and contained superstitions and concocted facts inimical to scientific temper. Batra stated that these accusations against the Vidya Bharati were baseless.
He blames the UPA government and left-centric academicians are responsible for such inaccuracies in Hindi textbooks – “The result was that we have textbooks which tell our children that patriots like Bhagat Singh and Rajguru were terrorists, Ramayana and Mahabharata are a figment of imagination!” He further states that left centirc scholars were fully backed by the Congress and its UPA government and took pride in depicting our heroes in poor light.
In his opinion Aurungzeb is projected as a saint while Shivaji is projected as a dacoit and generations of children have been brought up on completely made-up lies like “Vedas support beef-eating.”
Batra won a legal battle with the NCERT and got the education board to correct seventy plus inaccurate historical references and even corrected abusive language in these text books through a supreme court order. He now is promoting an autonomous National Education Commission (to free it of any political pressure), improving the quality teachers by extending “teacher learning” programs to 5 years and a paradigm shift from the current regressive “swallow and vomit model” of education.
And lastly in this recent interview he asks his detractors that if “Saffronisation” is bad then change the Indian Constitution as it mentions that the Indian flag has to have saffron colour”
By: Editorial Team