Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2016)
Validation of the History of the Partition of India 1947: School Textbooks vs. other Historical Narratives
Author(s): Pritha Biswas, Julia Rachel Mathews
Abstract: History can be understood in different ways. Fromrnschool days, every individual gets a different perspective about history andrnhistorical events, it can be of nation, people, tradition or any object. Thernexistence of multiple perspectives of a single event forces the students tornquestion the truth, credibility and validity of each viewpoint and the event asrna whole. School textbooks (Class X syllabi of ICSE and CBSE board) provide arncurriculum that is required for the children to know. But do they cover the entirerninstances for that matter? Other historical narratives written by famous authorsrnbrings about another perspective that would change the whole idea of what everyonernhad learnt before. Thus, this validity of history the school textbooks and the otherrnnarratives creates a clear understanding on which history must be predicted.