“...This book is valuable for historians and researchers in the field of history. The book presents in a step by step way historical facts juxtaposed with the lies in the current history text books. The book is honest and unique effort in preparing this compilation which is very useful and handy for all the relevant information and needs to be lauded. The policy makers including the bureaucrats and the politicians should also go through this book in order to realize the problem, and also getting clues of how to rectify these issues. The current NDA government is committed to look afresh the issue of history writing. This book can be certainly an important one for such an endeavour.”
The history needs to be rewritten so that young generation gets rid of their low self-esteem imposed through distorted history, if India has to emerge as powerful nation in the next couple of decades. The process has to begin from removing the distortions in history-books, which have been deliberately foistered on the students. India could emerge as a strong economy since 70 per cent of its population is under 35 years of age. If the Government invested in their education and health, apart from making them mentally strong, India could emerge as a strong nation.
The Indian State instead of the encouraging objective rendering of the history have encouraged few vested interests to hijack the historical narrative. This has resulted to present situation where the history, which is taught in our schools and colleges, is the British imperialist-sponsored one, with the intent to destroy our history.
The defalsified history would record that Hindustan was one nation in the art of governance, in the style of royal courts, in the methods of warfare, in the maintenance of its agrarian base, and in the dissemination of information. Sanskrit was the language of national communication and discourse. But under the leadership of Jawahar Lal Nehru, after achieving independence, the corrections in history were never done and I have mentioned this in details in my book "Hindus Under Siege: The Way Out"
The gist of this British imperialist-tailored Indian history is that India is portrayed as the land "conquered" first by the 'Dravidians', then by the 'Aryans', later by Muslims, and finally by the British. Otherwise, everything else is mythical. Our history books today exhibit this obsession with foreign rule. For example, even though the Mughal rule from Akbar to Aurangzeb is about 150 years, which is much shorter than the 350 year rule of the Vijayanagaram empire, the history books of today hardly take notice of the latter. In fact the territory under Krishna Devaraya's rule was much larger than Akbar's, and yet it is the latter who is called "the Great". Such a version suited the British rules who had sought to create a legitimacy for their presence in India.
Furthermore, we were also made to see advantages accruing from British rule, the primary one being that India was united by this colonialism, and that but for the British, India would never have been one country. Thus, the concept of India itself is owed to the plunder of colonists.
The Hindus capitulated to Islamic invaders, has been mentioned in the falsified history. But on the contrary, unlike Iran, Iraq and Egypt where within decades the country capitulated to become 100% Muslims. India despite 800 years of brutal Islamic rule, remained 80% Hindu.
The agenda for National Renaissance has to be a new factual account of our history, focusing on the continuous and unbroken endeavours of a people united as a nation. This history of India must deal with the conscious effort of our people to achieve a civilization, to reach better standards of life, and live a happier and nobler life. Although the lamp of faith of the Indian people burnt brightly in long periods, this history must also record when that faith dimmed and brought shame to the people.
The factual account of our past is essential to the agenda, because we have to objectively disgorge and discard the foreign versions of our history. It is this foreign version that makes us out to be foreigners in our own land. The Aryan-Dravidian divide in the history taught in schools and universities is purely a conception of foreign historians like Max Mueller and has no basis in Indian historical records or in any genetic studies of Indian DNA.
An accurate history should not only record the periods of glory but the moments of degeneration, of the missed opportunities, and of the failure to forge national unity at crucial junctures in time. It should draw lessons for the future generations from costly errors in the past.
The authors of this book have done a commendable job in not only highlighting the malady but also presenting the facts to do so, in this well researched book. It is disturbing to read the amount of intellectual investment that has been made by the forces that are inimical to our country. These forces have penetrated into our democratic institutions to hollow them from inside. My experience is that such insidious forces can never be defeated by rhetoric. Mere sloganeering is of no use in academic and judicial domain.
The present work brings to fore the impunity with which NCERT was compromised during UPA regime. During both the terms of the ousted alliance, history has been totally rewritten to serve the purpose of divisive forces, which are trying to uproot Hindu ethos of the country. Young and impressionable minds of the children are being hijacked to be more prone to accept the narrative of breaking India forces.
It is high time the history text books are rewritten with clear directions to the historians that the narrative of our country should be depicted with honesty. Our nation's past is full of cultural, social, economic and scientific achievements. The current history text books not only undermine the achievements but instead burden the country's children with inferiority complex and hatred for each other. The social dissonance that these books create should be rectified.
This book is valuable for historians and researchers in the field of history. The book presents in a step by step way historical facts juxtaposed with the lies in the current history text books. The book is honest and unique effort in preparing this compilation which is very useful and handy for all the relevant information and needs to be lauded.
The policy makers including the bureaucrats and the politicians should also go through this book in order to realize the problem, and also getting clues of how to rectify these issues.
The current NDA government is committed to look afresh the issue of history writing. This book can be certainly an important one for such an endeavour.