Thursday 12 July 2018

Understanding Misconceptions of Indian History

Understanding Misconceptions of Indian History
·         Panini, the Pathan scholar, wrote the grammar of Sanskrit

·         Pandit Nehru performed ‘Sandhya’ and washed his ‘Janoi’

 Dr. Hari Desai writes weekly column “Back to Roots” in “Asian Voice”, the Newsweekly of ABPL Group, London  14 July 2018 To read the full text, you may visit  and comment.
  • ·         Even the Courtier historians who present the history as per the convenience of the rulers find the way to the textbooks polluting the minds of the young generations. The Pervert history is being taught to the students by the rulers till historians dare correct or present before the rulers to get it corrected. Normally one would find the Heroes in a democratic India painted as the Villians in the neighbouring Pakistan which boasts to have a 5000-year old common civilization. And the villains in India like Mahmud Ghazni are considered Heroes in Pakistan !
  • ·         Nehru writes: “ Unlike the Greeks , and unlike the Chinese and the Arabs, Indians in the past were not historians. This was very unfortunate and it has made it difficult for us now to fix dates or make up an accurate chronology. Events run into each other, overlap and produce an enormous confusion. Only very gradually are patient scholars today  discovering the clues to the maze of Indian history.”
  • ·         One would be surprised to read Prof. Shanta Pandey, a historian of Delhi University, presenting Sanskrit as the official Durbar language of Mahmud Ghazni who was responsible for loot and demolition of the Somnath Temple way-back in 1026 AD. Mahmud was son of Sabatgin who was a Hindu or Buddhist who had embraced Islam and ruled over Ghazni having a large population of Hindus including his own Chief of the Army, Tilak, according to a historian, Shambhuprasad Harprasad Deshai, IAS (Retd.), who wrote “Prabhas ane Somnath” (1965) published by Shree Somnath Trust. 
  • ·         Late Deshai describes how the King of Gujarat, Bhimdev I, ran away leaving his subjects at the mercy of the invader, Mahmud, instead of challenging him. When the King of Gujarat had no guts to face the army of Ghazni at Anahilwad Patan, the capital of Gujarat, at least 20,000 Rajput warriors laid down their life to defend the motherland at Modhera!
  • ·         There is a misconception about PM Nehru refusing to grant government funding for the reconstruction of Somnath Temple in 1947 when his deputy, Vallabhbhai Patel, took vow to get the historical Temple of Somnath reconstructed at Government cost. Some Courtier historians try to malign Nehru presenting their all time favorite argument of rift between Nehru and Sardar. 
  • ·         Despite such efforts, one comes across K. M. Munshi writing in his book “Pilgrimage to Freedom Vol. I”: “When Junagadh fell, Sardar Patel, as Deputy Prime Minister, pledged the Government of India to the reconstruction of the historical Temple of Somnath. The Cabinet, Jawaharlal presiding, decided to reconstruct the Temple at Government cost. But Gandhiji advised Sardar not to have the Temple reconstructed at Government cost and suggested that sufficient money should be collected from the people for this purpose. Sardar accepted his advice.” The Nehru Cabinet took the decision after Gandhiji expressed his views twice publicly in the prayer meetings!

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