If you’ve been following the debate over the proposed changes to the way California portrays Indian history in its textbooks, you’ll know that this is an important week. The California State Board of Education takes its final vote on the issue this Wednesday and Thursday. The stakes are high, as the changes are expected to influence textbooks in other states as well. After all, California is one of the largest textbook markets in the United States.

At the heart of the matter is replacing many current references to “India” with “South Asia,” and referring to Hinduism as “the religion of Ancient India.” Although Gnaana won’t take sides, you can read for yourself the proposed changes in this handy chart. Some changes may seem benign, some silly, and some just plain infuriating – which ones fall into which category? You be the judge.


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2 Responses to “I’m From South Asia”

  1. Ambaa Says:

    The religion of ANCIENT India? What? Hinduism might be the only religion that existed in ancient times and is still a practiced religion today. Textbooks really need to remember that we Hindus still exist and still are practicing.

  2. admin Says:

    Yes, going to heart of the matter…