NCERT denigrates the Vedas
The child is told that there are three main gods -- Agni, Indra and Soma. This is factually incorrect. The plant Soma is not a god in the Rig Veda. Also Indra is not a warrior God -- he is the god of the environment.
It is also specifically mentioned that the hymns were taught and learnt mostly by men with only a few exceptions. We will see later on how this bias is artificially imposed on the students -- as if women were discriminated against in the Ancient India.
On page 46, the child is told that the Rig Veda has a set of prayers for obtaining cattle, children and horses.
He is also told that the horses were important for fighting battles for land, water, cattle and even for taking prisoners! After reading this, the child
will obviously be left wondering if the great sages who composed the Rig Veda, were actually rogues.
It is also wrongly mentioned that animal sacrifices were made during the yajnas. This is based on wrong vedic interpretations made by the western scholars. The child is left wondering why in the popular story of Ramayana, sage Vishwamitra asked for Lord Rama, to protect the yajna from being polluted by the Asuras -- who used to pollute the yajna by putting animal bones in the sacred fire. Well, what was the big deal if the sages were themselves sacrificing animals in the yajna fire?
On the next page, the young impressions formed on the childs mind are confirmed. Were not the sages of Vedic era indeed rogues? He is told that the sages used to call themselves Aryas (civilized) and that the Aryas they used demeaning terms for their opponents -- calling them Dasyus.
The child is told that as the time passed, the sages (or Aryas) started taking their opponents as slave. He is told that the women who were captured during the war were also taken as slaves -- and treated as the property (sic) of their owners!
On page 50, the child learns that the sages in the Vedic era used to consume flesh of cattle, buffalo, goat etc. At home the child's father has been telling him that cow is holy. The child also knows how the first war of independence started with a revolt by the Hindu soldiers after the british started using cows flesh in the ammunition.
Is it not possible that the few bones that were found were actually consumed by dogs, maybe by the Dasyus. Do we not find loads of Hindu literature condemning consumption of meat in general and Cows flesh in particular. Do not the Vedas themselves call the Cow Aghanya?