Pakistani textbooks are blaming Hindus for the bloodshed that took place at the time of partition. History books in Pakistan are claiming that “traitorous” Hindus are to blame for the bloodshed that took place after British India was divided into two nations 70 years ago.
This biased narrative of such sensitive events to children, in turn, is shaping all the wrong ideas. For example, 17-year-old Noman Afzal, a student at a school in Pakistan’s Punjab province said, “They looked down upon us, that is why we created Pakistan,” as he looks for an answer from his history textbook. The wrong portrayal of facts of partition which saw a lot of bloodsheds, irrespective of religion, might also end the hope for peace between the two countries.
The starking difference between text in both the countries can be seen in chapters on Gandhi. In India, he is hailed as “one-man army” for his contribution to the freedom struggle, whereas in Pakistan he hardly finds mention in the textbooks. The paradigm shift perspective, the war of ‘us’ and ‘them’ is indeed unhealthy for both the nations who have been rivals for over 70 years.
Aashish Dhakaan, who teaches History at a Gujarat high school said, “In our history, we won the war, and in their history textbooks, they won the war”, reported Inuth.