05 August, 2021

Guru Dronacharya Station: Doors To Open On The Right

Yellapragada Sudershan Rao and Dinanath Batra have plenty in common. For one, both have the blessing of India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Narendra Bisht
Guru Dronacharya Station: Doors To Open On The Right
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They haven’t met each other yet, but Yellapragada Sudershan Rao and Dinanath Batra have plenty in common. For one, both have the blessing of India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi. Rao took over as the chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research two weeks ago under the Modi government. And the PM’s praise and endorsement of Batra’s Tejomay Bharat has led to the Gujarat government directing all schools in the state to make it available as supplementary reading material for children.

Two, both are united in their mission to rewrite India’s history from a ‘Bharatiya’ standpoint. In this, they share a passion for the Ramayana and Mahabharata, in which epics they seek historical fact. They tilt at “the Marxists” and their view of history, as they go about restoring ‘national pride’ in school textbooks and Indian history, by injecting into them a liberal dose of myth and spirituality.

At the Naraina Vihar headquarters of the Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas, the trust which Batra runs, the...



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