March 21, 2016

USA: Online Petition Re South Asian History Textbooks in California under assault from Hindu fundamentalists

”This Thursday March 24, 2016, the California Board of Education will vote to change how the history of South Asia is taught in our schools. Every six years, the California Board of Education reviews its History and Social Science frameworks in a multi-year series of public hearings. These hearings are meant to be part of a transparent process where members of the academic and general community from across the state can weigh in on what the children of the State of California will learn in history and the social sciences, from kindergarten to twelfth grade.
This process has now become a battleground for Hindu fundamentalists. Since 2006, organizations like The Hindu American Foundation,the Hindu Education foundation, the Vedic Foundation, and the Uberoi Foundation, have been invested thousands of dollars into fact-obscuring campaigns to erase from our textbooks the Hindu religion's history of caste-based and gender-based inequities and violence. The stakes are extremely high in this process, as the California and Texas textbook markets set the standards for the rest of the US. [. . .] we urgently invite South Asians from across California, North America, and the world to sign our petition to the California Board of Education by March 24, 2016"

sign this petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/dont-erase-our-history