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Chapter 10: Indian School Textbooks
History, as a subject, has always been of critical importance to political ideologues and ideologies of all hues. The historian, however, especially in the 20th century has emerged distanced and independent of the political project. Therefore, historical learning and theory, especially in the last century, have made significant progress in assimilating and developing data and knowledge distanced from the influence of direct politics.
These developments worldwide came with the spread of the notion of democracy and democratic function, approaches that recognized the motivations of the rulers and theocracies of the past who employed ‘official chroniclers or historians’. As knowledge and academics matured to independence, history as a discipline too benefited. In India, the academic breakthroughs afforded by historians like ...