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NCERT makes changes in Hindi textbooks after complaints

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India Today

11-02-2014

National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) has come up with some changes in their Hindi textbooks. The amendments have been made as a result of objections received, about its content. A reference regarding the alleged use of derogatory words in Hindi textbooks of Classes I, VI, IX and XI was also received, which has led to this move.

Shashi Tharoor, Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry, informed that the changes had been examined by the Committee headed by Prof Yash Pal and as a result, suitable changes have been made in the textbooks on its recommendations.

In Rajya Sabha, in a written reply he said that the NCERT had informed HRD ministry that sometimes writers express themselves through certain words in the text that are somehow a reflection of the realities of the contemporary society. Such expressions are to be considered in totality and not in isolation.

Recently it had come up in news that NCERT textbooks of Classes I to V still depict some stereotype elements. Some books reflected gender stereotype in the visuals, while some used adjectives that were stereotypical in nature. Thereafter, an analysis had suggested a change in some terms to make them more gender sensitive. It also suggested a reflection of joint ownership of assets.

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