The Central government is very keen on raising the knowledge about the nation’s glorious past among the children and youth. This realisation has come about as the nation’s history is looked upon as textbook subject by a majority of children. In fact, the recent trend indicates a shift of interest levels towards the history of the West, i.e. USA, even when the youth is totally ignorant of their own vast and glorious history. Such sentiments were expressed during the celebrations of the Bahadur Shah Zafar Birth Anniversary that was convened by the Centre for Freedom Struggle Studies, IGNOU.
There were three main points that were stressed upon. These included exhuming the mortal remains of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, construction of a national monument in Delhi in honour of martyrs who had died fighting the British and updating the history books that tend to create an impression that Bahadur Shah Zafar had surrendered to the British. The forum felt that the correction of misplaced facts would also help to strengthen the Hindu-Muslim harmony.