Higher secondary students in State-run schools in West Bengal may no longer have to study subjects such as the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - founders of Marxism - and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
A committee to overhaul the decades-old school education syllabus in the State has prepared a final draft of new syllabus excluding the topics in the history textbooks in which Marx, Engels and Bolsheviks will make way for democratic movements across the post-Cold War world.
Even though the proposed change comes within a year of the Trinamool Congress' (TMC) victory against the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front in state elections who ruled the state for over three decades, the committee has vehemently denied a political link.
"It is a complete misconception that we are doing away with Marxist movements or communism from history. In our recommendations, we have only suggested to include democratic movements, invasions by various explorers and the 20th century history.