Academic institutions

A quiet invasion

Print edition : July 21, 2017

Y. Sudershan Rao, Chairperson of the Indian Council of Historical Research. Photo: B. Velankanni Raj

Clay figurines found during excavations at Naushero and Mehargarh, Harappan sites in Pakistan. In 2016, the ICHR brought out “Itihaas”, a biannual Hindi journal. Writing on the archaeology of the Vedic culture in it, a retired professor from Banaras Hindu University claimed that the clay figurines had vermilion in their hair partings thereby proving that Harappan women used vermilion and so they were Hindus. At another place, the same writer, in order to bolster his claim that the Harappan and the Vedic/Aryan civilisation were one and the same, described the dancing girl of Mohenjodaro as Parvati.

The interpretation of history, the demonising of communities and historical periods, and the appointment of pro-Hindutva persons to key academic positions form part of the project to use academic institutionsfor indoctrination.
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