JNU and the school lessons in Indian nationalism

The JNU faces sting on its vow to nationalism, which is  not new to the prestigious institution, yet the lectures on nationalism at the Jawaharlal Nehru University each evening is continuing.

School Children of various generations have learnt about the Indian Nationalism and the freedom from the British Rule from NCERT textbooks, that is written by historians from the center of Historical Studies at the JNU.

Since, 1970’s, school children learnt about history and values of Indian nationalis from the NCERT text for class 12 ‘Modern India’ written by the late professor Bipan Chandra. This book is even referred by post graduates who wish to enter into history departments.

But, Vajpayee Government replaced this textbook, when the then Human Resource Development Minister, Murli Manohar Joshi begin to textbooks rewritten. Again, the NDA textbook was replaced by the UPA government with Neeladri Bhattacharya being the chief adviser to a new set of the NCERT history textbooks who was also the professor of Modern History at the JNU.

Most popular academic take on Indian nationalism

Late professor Bipan Chandra’s India’s Struggle for Independence — sold well over 1,00,000 copies – published in 1989.

Authors who taught at JNU

  • Professors Bipan Chandra
  • Mridula Mukherjee
  • N. Panikkar
  • Aditya Mukherjee
  • Sucheta Mahajan


The NCERT textbook is referred not only by modern history students but also civil services and UGC-NET applicants.

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