Friday, December 31, 2004

Teaching to hate: The RSS’s Pedagogical Program

“Teaching to hate: The RSS’s Pedagogical Program.” In Economic and Political Weekly 39 (16), 2004, 1605-1612 (Also in Tom Ewing ed. Revolution and Pedagogy, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005, 195-218).

 If schools are the one of the modes by which nations imagine and reproduce themselves, debates over schooling systems – availability, cost, curriculum, language, pedagogical techniques  - are, at heart, debates over the style and content of this imagining.  Increasingly in India, RSS notions of citizenship, nationhood and patriotism have come to be critical to this debate. This article is an attempt to explore some of the RSS/BJP’s educational interventions and their implications for the future production of ‘citizens’, first, at the national level through the textbook debate and then, through ethnographic fieldwork in RSS schools in Chhattisgarh. 

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