The NCERT history textbooks, read and internalised by millions of children every year, are supposed to be the product of the highest academic quality and honesty. But in this case, the ‘expert historian’ has been quietly replaced by a propagandist. The propagandist unashamedly plays havoc with our history. Instead of facts, he uses all the propaganda techniques in creating a fiction, which he then passes on to our children as the ‘authoritative’ history sanctioned by the Indian State. The principal technique used in these NCERT history textbooks is to lie and lie big. Instead of teaching historical assertions based on facts, this propagandist tries to create a picture of our past based on hearsay, conjectures and obviously, outright lies. The NCERT history writers showcase their masterful skills in using propaganda techniques like ad nauseam: appeal to authority, appeal to prejudice, bandwagon, big lie, cherry picking, classical conditioning, disinformation, euphemism, exaggeration, glittering generalities, guilt by association, half-truths, intentional vagueness, labelling, loaded language, oversimplification, testimonial, third party technique, unstated assumption, thought-terminating cliché, and transfer or association. And, the target of these seasoned propagandists is an innocent and trustful child. This child must read these books cover to cover; remember the ‘facts’; appear in examinations based on these; and in the process internalise the contents as the true depiction of our past and culture. For seven years- from class VI to class XII, which are also the most impressionable years of a child’s schooling- this conditioning takes place.
The objective of Brainwashed Republic is to expose this propaganda. In every instance mentioned, we juxtapose the NCERT history and the actual historical facts. Unlike the speculation and conjecture-driven NCERT history writing, our endeavor is to, in each and every instance, give the actual and original historical text and reference.