Monday, February 8, 2010

Bipan Chandra gives lessons on history books

The next edition of the World Book Fair will have a special section on history, eminent historian and chairman of the National Book Trust (NBT) Bipan Chandra has said. The scholar also has clear suggestions on the type of history children should be exposed to.

“I want to devote a separate section to historical books for children aged between 7 and 10,” the chairman of the NBT, which organised the weeklong 19th World Book Fair that ended Sunday, told IANS. Chandra thinks children should read two kinds of history and he suggests a few models.

“Children should first learn about historical personages like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, Akbar and Ashoka. And they should also know about the socio-cultural evolution of India. As a boy, I was bred on writer Shravan Kumar’s books. Why should we not publish them again? But the books must be written in a way that every child enjoys reading them. No child would like a history book that cannot be enjoyed,” Chandra said.

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