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We need to build pluralism into textbooks and educational processes
Currently, the textbooks in many Indian states are in a state of flux with inclusion of topics on so called 'Indian Culture' and 'National Pride'. Both content and pedagogical worthiness of new textbooks is being found wanting by many meaningful educators.

Despite the fact that diversity and multiple identities within the majority and minority groups are challenging the assimilationist ideologies and the school, as an institution instead of responding to diversification of its learners and fulfilling their expectations arising out of cultural particularities, is being forced towards ideological uniformity and similarity as dictated by dominant group.

Some recent studies have shown that a large majority of rural parents believe that it is important to send their children to schools. Most of the marginalized communities have realized that education is the only thing they can give their children. It has been seen that increasing trend in the participation in primary schools in the recent decades has completely changed the social composition of the classroom but the content and processes of classroom instruction have become regressive instead of liberal.

It is being felt that new content has led to disunity between diverse group of students and the increase of the intolerance and of rejection of the other. According to sociologists, the dominant groups in the schools are decreasing equality of opportunity for marginalized and minority groups.

It has been seen that the stigmatization and the marginalization of students from deprived and minority groups has increased who are ascribed to a socially depreciated identity.

New content in the form of fragmentation of the curricula under the impact of particularistic claims as reflected in controversies over contents of textbooks and supplementary reading material in schools does not speak well of the school education in India.

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