As far back as 1965, the Education commission had recommended that Indian textbooks should not promote archaic, sexist stereotypes. Until now, there has been no comprehensive analysis of sex-role models in Indian textbooks to determine whether the declared policy has been effected. While filling the above gap, this book presents the results of a three-year long study of 22 English and 20 Hindi language instruction textbooks, prescribed yearly by the government for more than 13 lakh students in Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. The forty-two books included texts prepared or used by two national agencies: the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) and the Central Board of Secondary Education.
The author's content analysis shows that, completely ignoring the policy directives to create curricula where biology would not be destiny, our state and national agencies approve and prepare textbooks in which over 100 female characters appear as sex role victims and men routinely abuse and violently beat women in many lessons.
The book determines cogently that the editors and authors of Indian textbooks are the victims of a patriarchal monomania. Despite their tokenist acceptance of female achievers as the subjects of biography lessons, their subliminal message comes through loud and clear: Women are weak, women are stupid, women are capable only of scrubbing floors and burping babies!
Jacket a little faded and marked and worn at edges. Some foxing. Otherwise in good condition.