India has been embroiled in controversy surrounding changes in textbooks for quite some time. However, neither is this something new nor is it characteristic of only India. History has been used as a tool to influence populations since time immemorial. However, is it in the best interest of students to deprive them of an evidence-based, unbiased education? Or do they just become pawns in a larger war of ideologies?
“My teacher says I’m ugly because I’m dark”, says ten year old Samir, in a documentary by a UK media network. With downcast eyes, he speaks of how fairer boys refuse to include him in their conversations or games. He is a devoted user of ‘Fair and Lovely’, a common fairness cream, but he hasn’t seen a noticeable change.