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Why Vidya Books?

When my daughter was in grade six, she asked me, “Mom, did the Indians not know how to make statues until the Greeks got to India?” This made me question what was being taught to my children in their schools. Equally important, were my children and their peers being raised to think in their schools that Indians, an ancient people, were no more than foolish folks, who, on their deathbeds, did things like ‘catch hold of the tail of a cow’ as a blind hope for getting into ‘heaven’? This mistake was repeated in two textbooks used by the CLIO project at UC Berkeley – meant to ‘correct’ K-12 teacher education about India through in-service - and left me speechless. That a public university could regurgitate such colonial nonsense towards my children’s heritage, at taxpayer expense, had to be addressed. Read more...

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