“We are not makers of history. We are made by history.”
This quote by Martin Luther King. Jr is an old adage. But sadly, it is so old that we have forgotten to value it. In today’s time, the youth is hardly interested in knowing the history of our country. And they cannot be just blamed for it.
The reason for this is our education system. History, as a subject, has failed to create curiosity among students. This is because, during our middle school days, we are bombarded with boring narratives of ancient India and there is not much focus on the history of our own states. Especially, the history of our Northeast states has long been ignored in our textbooks. Why?
This is what Aaira Goswami, a class VI student from Assam, pointed out in her insightful letter to PM Modi. Aaira says that she loves the subject but is unaware of the history of her own state.
This is what she had to say:
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Shri Narendra Modiji
The Honourable Prime Minister of India
11th Feb 2017
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Honourable Prime Minister of India,
My name is Aaira Goswami. I am 12 years old. I am from Assam. I currently stay in Jaipur. I study in Neerja Modi School. Today I wanted to tell you about something that I have been thinking about for quite a while. My favourite subject is history, unlike other students. Yet I don’t know the history of my own state! I know a lot about the Mauryans, the Mughals and the Guptas. I have even written exams on these emperors. But I know very little about Lachit Borphukon and the Ahoms who ruled Assam for 600 years defeating the Mughals 17 times soundly in battle. I know the history of almost whole of India; from Jammu & Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, from Mughals to the British, from Rajasthan to Kolkata. But where is the long lost glory of the seven sisters. Some students don’t even know what the seven sisters are. It is very difficult to find things about the Northeast in my books. If I could just read about my state, Assam, and Northeast in my book it would be like a dream come true. Besides all Indian children need to know Assam and the Northeast’s glorious history. If you could do something to ensure that Assam and the Northeast’s history is included in our books and also reply to this letter from a little Indian citizen, I would be very thankful.
Neerja Modi School
What an amazing letter!
This post went viral when ‘NorthEast Today’ shared her post on Facebook.
Modiji, Achhe din are still far away.