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Squaring National Pride with Tolerance: A Lesson for School Textbooks
Squaring national pride with tolerance: A lesson for school textbooks
NarayaniGupta
Towards a ‘Comprehensive History’ of India

The countries of South Asia have in the last century gone through the exhilaration of achieving independence and also the anguish of fragmentation. When the subcontinent became two independent countries—India and Pakistan—their resources, material, and intellectual, also got divided. School and university courses were not changed, but it was clear that the contents of history textbooks would have to be modified. Indian history should be written from an ‘Indian’ point of view. A decade earlier, in the 1930s, South Asian historians had launched an ambitious ‘comprehensive history’ in many volumes, as an indigenous response to the multi-volume Cambridge History of India.1 ...

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