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Wasted opportunities, misplaced priorities

It is a well-known fact that Indian history as taught in schools and colleges since 1947 is heavily biased in favour of Marxists and Muslim communalists. This was because; the Congress party which held the reins of power in India after the British left the subcontinent, was anti-Hindu in their outlook and ideology. As a result everything Hindu was looked with antipathy including the glorious past of the Hindus and their achievements. When the NDA government under A.B.Vajpayee came to power there was a ray of hope that the Marxist interpretation of Indian history would make way for an objective history, but nothing happened. When the Modi government came to power in 2014 many nationalists hoped that he would appoint Sri Arun Shourie, an eminent intellectual as the HRD Minister, who in turn would have initiated the project to write Indian history in an unbiased and scientific manner. But once again hopes were dashed when an actress was appointed as HRD Minister. Nor did the services of scholars like Shrikant Talageri, S.Kalyanaraman, Koenraad Elst were utilized by making them members of the I.C.H.R. The new government appointed Sudharshan Rao as Chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research (I.C.H.R) and after two years we are hearing that ICHR is planning to document the legends associated with villages and towns in India. We already have local history in the form of Stala Purana which contains mainly hearsay and myths. Now public money is being wasted to document the same from persons who refer the old Stala Purana to give details about their place. How the validity of the details so documented, will be scrutinized by the ICHR is a question to be pondered? Instead the ICHR could have started a project to critically evaluate and interpret the existing 18 Puranas so that historians could have extracted material from them to reconstruct the history of ancient India.

The Puranas contain a mine of information about ancient Indian history, but is interpolated with absurdities and fables by some unscrupulous writers of the later period. Today there is an urgent need to edit and properly interpret the information contained in the Puranas and bring out critical editions of the same. If not, unknowingly many persons who genuinely love Hindu culture and tradition publish articles about our ancient sages and seers using information given in the Puranas. To give an example one person had published an article on Sri Krishna whereby he mentioned that Sri Krishna had married 16,000 maidens whom he rescued from the clutches of a demon Narakasura. This story is just a wild imagination of a person who interpolated it in the Puranas. But as Puranas are revered, this story is believed by people who neglect to use their commonsense. But these types of blunders cannot be taken lightly as people who want to deride Hindu Gods use this materials published by nationalist Hindu websites as reference/citation to humiliate or browbeat a Hindu in an argument.

As the so called nationalist Government has repeatedly failed to correct the fallacies contained in our prescribed history textbooks, it is time for individual historians and researchers with an objective bent of mind to do the same. There is no need to start writing ancient Indian history from scratch using primary sources. This work has already been done by many scholars of pre-independence period, whose name have gone into oblivion and their published books found in antique stores. The present day historians just have to-

  1. Make use of the works of those eminent nationalist scholars to present ancient Indian history factually and
  2. To unanimously adapt one among the two dates (3067 B.C. or 2449 B.C.) ascribed to the period in which the Mahabharata war was fought, as this date can be the sheet anchor for reconstructing the history of ancient India beginning with Manu.
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