ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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India's history is heavily influenced by religion, making it important for students to recognise the various threads that weave the fabric of their history. When textbooks are the major, if not sole, purveyor of knowledge, the schools' choice of textbooks plays a significant role in the understanding that students have of their history and how current religious tensions could be interpreted. This study analyses four major events in Indian history and how they are presented in textbooks used by three faith-based schools that represent Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. By and large, the textbooks do not indulge in "revisionist history". However, a subtle interpretation of history is implied by the language used and by omissions and commissions of details. Further, these relate directly to the history of the religion and to the role religion played in Indian history.
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