NEW DELHI: In an RTI application with reg no NSERT/R/E/20/00324/, dated 03/09/2020, two questions were asked regarding the sources of claims made in the class 12th History textbook- Themes of Indian History Part II.
The questions are:
1) Refer to the second para of page 234 in the textbook Themes of Indian history part II (class XII), in that regard, please provide the source from which the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) concluded that "even when temples were destroyed during wars, grants were later issued for their repair- as we know from the reigns of Shah Jahan and Aurangazeb".
2) Additionally, please provide the number of temples that were repaired by Aurangazeb and Shahjahan.
To this, the NCERT's reply was "The information is not available on the files of the Department."
It is to be mentioned that as per the NCERT- Themes in Indian History Part II is a critical skill that inculcates logical reasoning and out-of-the-box analytical abilities.
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Posting the RTI reply on Twitter, Dr Indu Viswanathan wrote, "The evidence is NCERT's lack of info AND the exchange itself. There is nothing more democratic than a private citizen holding a public institution accountable. NCERT felt this was a sufficient response to the query, with no indication of an investigation or change in the text."