These days we here a lot about ‘reforms’ in education in India. This is done explicitly in the wake of Indianisation of Education and Culture. The BJP government backed by the kind of fundamentalist and non secular ideologies such as VHP, RSS and so on is pushing the politically motivated agendas in lieu of education. They have been prey to the vary same accusations they make against other religious groups. This calls for a genuine reflection from their part, and for that matter anyone who aspire to provide and receive better education in India.

Some people argue that education is virtually always synonymous with indoctrination which they support with evidence. Indoctrination means to “teach somebody a belief, doctrine, or ideology thoroughly and systematically, especially with the goal of discouraging independent thought or the acceptance of other opinions”

Removing children from their cultural routes destroys their culture. In India though the Christian groups have been running schools for many decades, there are no evidence that any school children or their families have been converted to Christianity by force as has been accused by Hindu fundamentalists groups. Christian schools were never places of indoctrination nevertheless offered quality education along with high human ideals such as respect for human beings, value of work, inclusive society, and valued ethical principles in life.

This does not mean that education is by its very nature indoctrination. We mustn’t confuse education with schooling, because they are not synonymous. Education happens all the time, through interactions, mentoring, reading, apprenticeships, observation, and simply living. Of course it also happens in school where specific subjects are taught and we gain new skills and knowledge.

What many fundamental groups supported by the political power of BJP now doing is exactly indoctrination in the wake of Indian Culture. They attempt to produce “educational materials” for schools with a view to indoctrinate the children.

Schools in this way can be places where indoctrination takes place in a wholesale fashion, when it serves a specific ideology and seeks to produce graduates who have specific beliefs, rather than simply a breadth of knowledge and skills. And schools can also be places where indoctrination is subtle but still pervasive.

School can and should be one of the very best places to encourage independent thought, critical and creative thinking, and broad understanding of and appreciation for a multitude of perspectives. Rather than reject schooling as indoctrination, as some are doing, we need to be developing and promoting schools that are committed wholeheartedly to exposing students to a variety of viewpoints and providing them with the most important tools for their future: problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking along with a deep commitment to living lives that contribute to a healthy world. (Zoe Weil, Author of The Power and Promise of Humane Education and Most Good, Least Harm)

In this connection I found this article good.