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ICHR not rewriting but expanding history by filling gaps: Dharmendra Pradhan

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan told Parliament on Monday that the government and Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) have not taken up any task or project to rewrite history but are working to expand history by “filling up the gaps” through incorporation of the hitherto neglected/ignored events and personalities in history books.

“The ICHR has not launched any project to rewrite Indian history. The government has no intention to rewrite history. But if you ask me, if the ICHR has taken any project on history, with due respect and humbly, I would like to inform this House that, yes it has taken,” said Pradhan. “We are expanding history and filling up gaps by incorporating major historical events, personalities and incidents.”

The minister was responding to questions in the Lok Sabha on whether the ICHR had undertaken any project to rewrite history.

Elaborating on the government’s efforts to “expand” history, Pradhan referred to PM Modi’s recent visit to Mangarh Dham in Rajasthan, where the British tried to suppress a rebellion in 1913 by massacring about 1,500 tribals, and the government’s decision to observe ‘Veer Bal Diwas’ in the memory of martyred sons of Guru Gobind Singh, even as he asserted the importance of the nation learning about and recognising the role of revolutionaries Alluri Sitarama Raju and Baxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhara Mohapatra who had fought the British.

“All these should come in the pages of history. The ICHR is filling such gaps. We are not rewriting history. We are expanding history, drawing a simple line. This much work we are doing, the ICHR is doing,” said Pradhan.

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