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Give space to unknown freedom fighters in textbooks: Parliament panel



School textbooks should highlight the lives of hitherto unknown figures from different regions of the country, stated a Parliamentary committee on education. “There is a need for discussing and reviewing, with leading historians, the manner in which Indian freedom fighters, from various regions/parts of the country and their contributions get placed in History textbooks. This will result in a more balanced and judicious perception of the Indian freedom struggle. This will go a long way in giving due and proper space to the freedom fighters hitherto unknown and oblivious in the freedom movement. Review of representation of community identity based history as of Sikh and Maratha history and others and their adequate incorporation in the textbooks will help in a more judicious perspective of their contribution,” said the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports in its report on ‘Reforms in Content and Design of School Text Books.