||Original Text by Publisher
||Recommendations by Hindu Education Foundation
|Harcourt School Publishers
|“Men had many more rights
than women. Unless there were no sons in a family, only a man could
inherit property. Only men could go to school or become priests."
||Replace with: "Men had different rights and duties than women" and add after last sentence, "Women's education was mostly done at home".
edit attempts the sleight of hand of "Separate but Equal" by suggesting
that women's lack of access to education, property, and to positions of
authority made them "different"; thus it belies the actual position of
women that was and is socially inferior to that of men.
Page 245, second paragraph
had many more rights than women.
with: “Men had different duties (dharma) as well as rights than women. Many women were among the sages to whom the Vedas were revealed."
||See Note above.
In addition, the phrase "the vedas were revealed" completely
contradicts the evolutionary nature of texts such as the Vedas.
Page 252, last paragraph
was one group that did not belong to any varna. Its members were called
untouchables. They performed work other Indians thought was too dirty,
such as collecting trash, skinning animals, or handling dead
and replace text with “There was one group that did not
belong to any
varna. Its members were called untouchables because they performed
dirty work such as skinning animals or handling dead bodies.”
HEF’s ideological work- of denying the role of the caste
Hinduism & within Indian Society- continues through this edit.
adding the word “because” to invoke a spurious
causality, the HEF
implicitly suggests that untouchability is the result of contact with
taboo substances rather than the reverse: that they were assigned such
work on account of their degraded social status.
|Teachers’ Curriculum Institute
Page 145, last paragraph
|“The caste system is just one example of
how Hinduism was woven into the fabric of daily life in
||“Delete this part.”
example of the HEF’s campaign to whitewash Hinduism: their
pride” dictates essentially that they hide all information
uncomfortable realities, including the one of caste discrimination.
|“Once their society had merged with the
local population, a late hymn of the Rig Veda described the four
with, “A late hymn of the Rig Veda describes the
interrelationship and interdependence of the four social
replacement seeks to depict the caste system as a benign arrangement of
mutual benefit & mutual convenience instead of one that creates
distinct hierarchy that is used to justify rank exploitation of the
so-called “lower castes”.
Page 181, table, last row (“Sudras”)
|“Native peoples; performed services for
members of the three higher castes.”
||Replace with, “Performed services for
all classes and did more labor-intensive work.”
edit is similar to the one above insofar as it implicitly depicts the
caste system as beneficial to all castes as opposed to being a system
that maintained the privileges of the higher castes.
Page 182, fourth paragraph
modern India, these people are now called Dalits, and treating someone
as an untouchable is a crime against the law.”
||Replace with, “In modern India, treating
someone as an untouchable is a crime against the law.”
the attempt at a systematic erasure of the very word
“Dalit” from the
lexicon of Hinduism. The utter marginalization of being labeled an
“untouchable” is also left unaddressed.
|Oxford University Press
Page 76, second paragraph
|“The language and traditions of the
Indo-Aryan speakers replaced the old ways of the
||Replace with “People from elsewhere in
edit does not modify, but actually rewrites history,
contradicting the intent of the original passage. In this case, the HEF
edit rejects the role of Indo-Aryans in ancient India, contrary to
prevailing scholarly views on this topic.
Page 238, Second bullet under “Focusing on the Main
||Replace with, “New ideas and technology
were developed in India. (page 242)”
||According to all extant evidence, this is not
correct, as Chariots, for instance, came from outside of India.
|Harcourt School Publishers
Page 386, paragraph 5
|"The Vedas came to form the major beliefs of the religion called Brahmanism."
||Replace with, "The Vedas constitute the source of Hinduism".
change seeks to conflate "Brahmanism", a small sub-set of Hindu
practice, with the much larger and more diverse practices of "Hinduism"
as a whole. Further it also seeks to elevate Vedic Brahmanism over
other forms and sources of Hinduism.