How Assam greats Lachit Barphukan and Mula Gabharu suffered collateral damage in NCERT’s Mughal text purge

Lachit Barphukan and Mula Gabharu fought the Mughals to stop their entry in Assam.

Lachit Barphukan and Mula Gabharu bravely fought against the Mughals and earned their place in history. But little did they know that one day because of the very same Mughals, they would lose their place in the pages of history.

The bravery, grit and legends of Barphukan and Mula have all become ‘collateral damage’ in the National Council for Educational Research and Training’s (NCERT) exercise to remove Mughals from history.

In April this year, NCERT announced its decision to erase certain chapters on the Mughal Empire from Class 12 history textbooks. According to reports, NCERT has deleted chapters and topics related to 'Kings and Chronicles; the Mughal Courts (C. 16th and 17th centuries)' from history textbooks. The move came after a syllabus rationalization process that started in December 2021.

As per the new books following the rationalisation, Class 12 students will not study the history of the Mughal courts or wars.

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