e are a generation of people in Kashmir who only got to know about the history of Kashmir only in our college.-that too only few of us who had humanities as their core subjects. Why and for what purpose is the history of Kashmir denied to our school going children is a question that we have been asking more to each other than the administration.
Is it that our history is so short of heroes that we have nothing to write about it? As it dawns, we have a history of 2,000 years and the capital city Srinagar is one of the longest surviving continuous cities in the world. There have been kings and conquerors, both in Hindu and Muslim rule era, who have been infallible conquerors. There have been scholars, writers, philosophers who have excelled in their respective fields and were known in much part of the existing world then. Why then are we denying this knowledge of history to the school going children in the valley?
The ripple effect of this abject lack of vernacular or local history is that we have produced an army of doctors, engineers, business administrators, entrepreneurs, bureaucrats and tourism professional with little or no idea of our own history.
The school boards or administrations of the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala ensure that the school going children are well acquainted with the history of their own place. In our part of the world even veteran bureaucrats are sometimes left in a tight spot when asked about Shihabuddin and Lalitadatiya.
It is an irony of fate that Ghani Kashmiri who is so revered in Iran and whose poems are on the lips of every Iran is an almost anonymous figure in his own hometown Srinagar. A world-class poet like him does not find place in our school history books.
What history are we teaching to our children in Schools? It is a question we need to ask UT administration more than we ask among ourselves.