New Delhi, Millions of Indian high schoolers are studying South Korea's candlelight revolution in a new world history textbook detailing the historic peaceful protests that led to the ousting of scandal-ridden President Park Geun-hye last year.
"The candlelight protests of 2016, led by citizens who peacefully demonstrated for the president's resignation within the boundaries of democratic law and systems, show the maturity of the Korean democracy," reads a passage from "Textbook in History for Class XI: Themes in World History," published by India's National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). The NCERT is an organization that publishes model textbooks.
On the ousted president, the book says, "At the beginning of her presidency, she gained support due to the political legacy of her father, (late President) Park Chung-hee. But in October 2016, as it came to light that she had let a friend secretly manage government affairs, she met with nation wide protests, leading to her impeachment and removal from office in March 2017."
The book also describes how Moon Jae-in was elected president in a peaceful transfer of power in May last year.
The book, which devotes six pages to Korea, also details the process of Korea's modernization, industrialization and democratization beginning in the late 19th century.
"(We share the) opinion (that) more information on Korea is needed in the course of reviewing our existing textbooks. The revised textbook will help our students better understand Korea," P.K. Mandal, head of the NCERT's International Relations Division, told Yonhap. He added the new textbook was distributed to schools nationwide last month.
Source: Yonhap News Agency