Fri, 06 Apr 2012 18:52:31 GMT

Is Mamata trying to make Marx & Engels history in Bengal?

A school education syllabus committee, appointed by the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government, has decided to trim heady doses of Marxism and include globalisation, movement of former South African president Nelson Mandela and contemporary women's movement in the new history syllabus for Higher Secondary students.

Is Mamata trying to make Marx & Engels history in Bengal?

The committee, constituted after the Trinamool Congress came to power in May last year, will submit its recommendations to the government next week.

"We have decided to restructure the history syllabus for the students of Classes XI and XII. If one goes through the present history text books, she or he would feel there are only three countries in the world - India, England and Soviet Russia. But we have decided to present an unbiased and pluralistic history to the students," Avik Majumdar, head of the syllabus review committee, told IANS Friday.

"Thus in the recommendations, we have suggested to include movements of Latin America, history of Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka," Majumdar said.

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