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Need to rewrite the history of India

Need to rewrite the history of India



In recent years, the government of India and several state governments have decided to revise history books, particularly relative to the ancient period, bringing up recent data that calls into question the Aryan invasion and the many theories that have arisen from it. Over the past few decades numerous archaeological finds have been made throughout North India, considerably widening the civilization of the region and uncovering its continuity through time, rendering the Aryan Invasion idea obsolete.

African Slaves

African Slaves

Quite predictably, leftists in India raised a cry of tampering with history, as if history is a fixed science that cannot be adjusted. The fact is that history books in India still largely teach the British view of India from the colonial era and have not changed much since the independence of the country over fifty years ago. The only exception is history books in Marxist states like Bengal that have been rewritten in a communist slant, which is even more against the traditions of the country than the British view.

History books are always being rewritten and they should be, as new information comes in and our understanding of culture widens. This does not mean that history should carelessly be rewritten to suit an ideology, as in communist Russia or in Nazi Germany, but that we must not turn old accounts of history into an unalterable dogma. History is not a material science like physics that deals with hard facts and even physics textbooks are continually being updated. The West has often tried to give its version of history the finality of science, but political changes since the end of the colonial era have revealed the biases behind its accounts, particularly of Africa and Asia. The western account of history cannot be given the finality of the physical sciences and should be expected to change radically over time.

Colonial Distortions of History East and West

Up to two decades ago, the history of America was taught as the wanton aggression of the Native Americans, the so-called Red Indians, on the gentle white settlers who simply wanted to farm and raise their families in a wide land that had room for many people. This was the predominant view of Christians and of educated Europeans in America. The real history was one of the genocide of native peoples and their cultures in a greed for land and power. The so-called savages honored all treaties. The so-called civilized white man didn’t honor any.

christian inquisitionThe European history of Africa followed similar prejudices, with the native blacks as uncivilized barbarians that had to be civilized by the white Europeans. That the blacks did have venerable and rich old cultures and were really the target of exploitation and genocide was covered over. The same phenomenon occurred throughout the colonial world, including Asia, where native peoples were subjugated and their cultures denigrated. Like the blacks, some Asians were turned into slaves or serfs, uprooted from their land and taken to foreign countries and commercially exploited. This was also done in the name of civilizational advancement through Christianity and European culture. That is how over a million Indians ended up in the Caribbean in Trinidad and Guyana.

The European treatment of India was the same as that of America and Africa, starting with the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, who brought the cruel ways of the Inquisition to India. The Indian mutiny of 1857 occurred because the British brought in aggressive and intolerant missionaries and had the country in the grip of a cruel economic exploitation. Yet such oppression has been left out of the history of India as told by the Europeans and independent India has not rewritten the record adequately. Similarly, the destruction wrought during the Islamic period, which was worse than the British period in terms of religious and economic exploitation as well as genocide, has been similarly ignored or downplayed so as not to offend minority communities.




Yet can one seriously imagine–given all the colonial distortions of history worldwide which are only slowly being removed today–that no real revision of the history of India needs to be made? Can we believe that somehow by luck, in spite of their prejudices, that colonial and European scholars got the history of India right and wrote it without any distortion or bias in their favor, though they failed everywhere else?

Liberals and leftists in America sympathize with the native cultures of Africa and America and their need not only for correcting historical accounts but also for restoration for historical wrongs. But, strangely, leftists in India still vaunt the colonial view that India was uncivilized before the British and denigrate their own native traditions!

When ancient historical finds are made in China, as with the uncovering of the tomb of the first emperor dating to the third century BCE, there is great national pride even among the communists. But all the massive finds of the Harappan/Sarasvati culture, as well as the retracing of the once great Sarasvati River, bring no pride to the leftist-secular intellectuals of India. They would ignore these, dismiss them as an invention of Hindu communalists, or imagine that they represent an unknown civilization that vanished mysteriously with no real connection to the later traditions of the region! Though the Vedic literature is the largest of the ancient world by all accounts, Indian leftists will have no pride in it and seek to denigrate it as best they can. Though the Mahabharata at over two thousand years old is the world’s oldest and longest national epic, Indian leftists don’t even want it taught in the schools (even when the common people find great pride in watching the Mahabharata on television).

Bahadur_05In this regard, we should remember that Marxism and communism in India are largely anti-national movements. Marxists in India sided with China against India during the Indo-Chinese war of 1962 and raised no criticism of China for its attack. They sided with the British during the independence movement. This is a stark contrast to communism in Russia, China and Vietnam in which were part of larger nationalistic movements. This is because Indian Marxists came mainly from a British Marxist background and did not participate in anti-colonial struggles, as did the followers of Mao and Ho-chi-minh. They were largely intellectuals from wealthy families, educated in England, not workers in the field, much less freedom fighters.

Actually the distortion of history has been done intentionally by many modern Indian historians, particularly covering over historical wrongs against Hindus. They believe that by correcting history that the present can be changed. They pretend that the generally cruel Muslim rule in India was benign and secular so that this account will serve to make modern Hindus and Muslims more benign and secular and help them bury the past. But the opposite is true. If a nation does not face its true history, it has no future and its present remains confused. This would be like American historians pretending that Native Americans (Red Indians) were treated well through history and that accounts of their oppression and genocide were false or exaggerated, so as to bring harmony to the two communities today. This would only allow old prejudices to continue.

India has not faced its past in order not to offend minorities in the country, who may not resonate with the older Hindu and Buddhist cultures of the country. It has also been intentionally done in order to prevent the majority community from awakening from its colonial and religious oppression, fearing this would increase communal disharmony, even though distortions caused by this, like the image of Hindus as backward idolaters, continue in the world media today. The result is that the country lacks a genuine national pride and a sense of its continuity to ancient times.

History and National Pride

One of the main purposes of history books, as taught in different countries in the world, is to instill a sense of national pride and honor. Whether it is the United States, Great Britain, Russia, Germany or China, this is certainly the case today and has been so as long as these countries have existed as modern nations. The lives of great leaders, particularly the founders of the country are highlighted, the continuity of the nation’s history is emphasized, and the importance of the nation in the history of the world and the greatness of the national culture are stressed. Students are expected to come away from reading accounts of their history with a sense of national greatness and purpose, not only for the past but also for the future.

However, India is a strange and unique country in which history books are often anti-national in nature. India has largely kept in tact the British approach to Indian history devised in the colonial era. Students of such textbooks come away apologetic or confused about their country and its traditions. Textbooks in Marxist ruled states of India like Bengal and Kerala leave their students with a sense of the greatness of communism and communist countries like China or even Russia which is no longer communist, rather than any real regard for India and its great traditions.

History books in India try to ignore the dominant Hindu ethos of the country and its history before the Islamic period. India’s greatest historical and cultural document, the Mahabharata, is hardly given any attention in the schools. So too, the Vedas, Ramayana, Puranas, Buddhist Jatakas and other prime historical and cultural documents of the country are ignored because of their religious overtones. If they do address India as a nation, it is only India of the independence movement that they acknowledge, as if prior to 1947 India did not really exist. While Nehru is made important, older kings from the Rig Vedic Bharatas to Yudishthira of the Mahabharata period to the Marathas of the eighteenth century are hardly mentioned. There is no real sense of any historical continuity to the culture, much less to the country. While Mahatma Gandhi is emphasized, the greater spiritual traditions of India and its great teachers from the Vedic rishis, Vedantic, Buddhist and Jain sages to modern savants like Sri Aurobindo and Ramana Maharshi is not given much attention.

It is true that history should not be a mere instrument of a destructive nationalism and should avoid instilling aggression against other lands and peoples, even when upholding what is valuable in a nation’s history. But this does not require that the national value of historical studies is negated altogether.

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Native American Genocide

The question, therefore, is how the history accounts in India can be made to reflect and instill a genuine nationalism and sense of the country’s history and destiny. India, after all, is one of the great civilizations of the world, with cultural traditions that have much value for humanity. Such historical accounts must reflect the richness and diversity of Indic civilization, but they cannot ignore its unity and continuity either.

The fact is that you cannot build a nation without creating history books that instill a positive nationalism, particularly in the youth. The real danger in India is not the arising of a chauvinistic nationalism like that of Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy–which are foreign to the mentality and ethos of the country–but a lack of national spirit and historical consciousness that keeps people alienated from their roots and the country divided.

India needs a real national spirit and for this a national sense of history, pride and purpose is required. A true Indian nationalism will be rooted in an Indian ethos of dharma, spirituality and pluralism, but this does not mean there can be no national or historical pride without encouraging communalism in the country. On the contrary, a greater sense of national identity would be the best thing to counter the disintegrating influence of religious, castist and regional interests that are bringing the country down.

Therefore we must ask: Why can’t Indians connect India’s traditional ancient literature, the Vedas, with its archaeology through Harappa and the many Sarasvati river sites? Why can’t Indians find national pride in their own history both on literary and archaeological levels? Why should history in India be used for national shame, rather than national pride? Why should the history of India place Indic civilization out of India? These are questions that must be answered.

Western and Indic Views of History

mughal invasionThe subject of history in the western context is a very different than in the Indian context. In the western view, history is mainly an account of political events and economic progress, a purely outward affair. In the Hindu view, history is a means of teaching detachment, showing how great kings and kingdoms come and go in the course of time. It has an inner value as a spiritual teaching about the nature of human life and the need for liberation from worldly concerns. In the western view, history is progressive from the crude beginnings of agriculture and village life moving forward to the present day urban culture. In the Hindu view, history is cyclical, with various cultures coming and going over time as the soul seeks liberation from the phenomenal world.

The western progressive account of history is quite flawed. For example, the first civilizations of the ancient world that we can document–including Egypt, Sumeria, India and China–did not regard themselves as the first but were aware of many cultures and kingdoms before them, particularly prior to a great flood. The civilizations that we regard as the first saw themselves as very old with many antecedents! Yet we pretend that there was nothing before them! In addition, the civilizations of the Third Millennium BCE, like those of Egypt and Harappan/Sarasvati India, had better urban and architectural achievements than those that followed for many centuries. Even Europe had its Dark Ages after the Roman period in which much knowledge was lost. This idea of history as linear progress is clearly not the case. While humanity has progressed scientifically, this is mainly over the past five hundred years. On the other hand, we see a spiritual decline since ancient times, and over the last century we can note a decline in culture, art, music and philosophy in Europe itself, coinciding or even caused by great advances in science.

As India is the only civilization of antiquity to survive the onslaught of time, it is the special responsibility of Indians to discover not only their history but also that of the entire ancient world. Just as there are unquestioned distortions of ancient India, similar distortions of other ancient cultures also exist. For example, the religion of ancient Egypt, which like that of the Vedas demonstrates much occult and spiritual significance, is similarly dismissed as polytheism, idolatry or henotheism (worshipping different Gods as the supreme God), exactly like the Vedas. Revamping the way history is taught in Indian schools would be a major step in the direction of a more authentic and spiritual sensitive history of the world. It is a scientific and spiritual imperative, not only for India but for all countries.

~  Pandit Vamadeva Shastri

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17 Responses to "Need to rewrite the history of India"

  1. bhavatoshdas@gmail.com  September 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Dear Sir,

    Im an avid reader of ur page and have been instrumental in drawing at least 30 of my friends with moderate view like mine to follow ur page … and i also have been sharing them regularly … however over a short pd of time i have to sadly comment that though the topic brought out by u are extremely thought provoking however research on the same has not been carried out properly and hence u tend to deviate from the topic as in this case … In rewriting our history why do we need to take examples bout Africa and America .. just put down the facts with brevity … i think it will be appreciated … for example in this topic the story of Nose Index was not included and that the early history books were written by British Bishops once they failed to convert Indians to Christianity and they deliberately created the Aryan and Dravidian divide (The foundation of the Sri Lankan crisis) … The false story of St Peters landing in South India and they converting to Christianity … the scientifically proven false theory of the greater continent of the Dravidian ….. The latest DNA proofs that Aryans and Dravidian are of the same race …

    I really appreciate ur efforts in bringing enlightenment to us the ignorant … however to make us a believer u have to incl facts and that too scientific …

    With warm regards and Best Wishes

    Bhavatosh Das

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    • Sanskriti  September 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you for your comment and compliments. As per your concern, please search the website for further articles on the matter as the information has already been provided.

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    • CMswami  September 21, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Dear Bhavatosh Das,

      The latest DNA proofs that Aryans and dravidians are Not the same. Who has scientifically proved the greater continent of dravidians?
      If people want to rewrite History without any bias, true Indian History will turnout to be Dravidian History.

      Indians will take pride in the nationalism, when the nation declares it as nation without caste, Nation without twise borns,Nation without untouchables, Nation with all citizens all are equal while birth.

      If this happens anybody can re write our Indian History.

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  2. Provas Bosu  September 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I agree with the author one hundred percent that this is about the time to revise Bharatiya itihaas (Indian History). Rejecting the years of Greek,Muslim and European biases and based on facts by archeological and other evidences and denying so called leftists, Congress and other politicians who never worked for Indian people only for themselves and their cronies.

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  3. Dr. Rajesh  December 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Yes, the author is right. Its about time we taught our younger generation a Bharat-centric rather than a foreign-centric historic presentation. Such a historic study will help our future generations to take an informed decision on where to spend the rest of their lives – serving a foreign country or our motherland. After all, this was the key point kept highlighted in the Sanskrit – German row.

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  4. Indrani Chakravarti  March 27, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    100% right. Very difficult to come out of 600+years of slave mentality. The countries of Lenin and Mao have marched forward; but here, our people are still fighting as slaves posing their followers. China is a modern (capitalist?) country with many reforms and re-establishing its lost heritage. And in India? We are demeaning our heritage in the name of caste, creed, Ism, religion, bias mentality, appeasement, quota and what not?
    It’s the high time, the reputed and impartial Historians sit together and write the lost glory of the country. Pl. Don’t forget including Great Civilization of Mohan- Jo-Daro, because it is in Pakistan now. It is one of the oldest civilizations of Bharat.

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  5. Chakri  April 15, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    The Foreign men created nothing. They just spotted highlighted and written the truth of evil of our regionic people and buried the truth of so much good of our region. What ever they wrote are all true . About themselves They had just written their the truth of good and buried their the truth of evil.
    Good and Evil are part of any story. Our ancient texts are unlike that which shows the flaws as well as good of ancient gods/kings. The whole truth is correctly written in our old texts. which u would never find in other religionic texts. They only write the good of them.
    They are ethically very poor regarding adultery b/w blood relations or any differentiation of karma (what we are meant to do) and dharma (what is right in doing ethically). The ancients of us created such a typical culture that solved these problems in a typical way. Which is very hard to understand.

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  6. Rajandran Ratnam  May 2, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Instead wasting time & effort in undertaking this gigantum task in rewriting history India should undertake efforts, I mean serious efforts in eradicating the enshrined ‘Caste System’ from its polical,cultural & social structures.Foreign religions mainly Islam & Christianity would not have taken root in India if not for denigrating,humiliating & downstepping of the so called lower caste people who form a big proportion of the Indian population.Caste system is the curse of Hinduism in which the only people who take pride in the world are the Hindus.So firstly take a retrospective look at ur social structure and undertake remedial action to correct this historical injustice against ur own people.Rewriting history can follow later.Mind u we are a globalized community now.Any action taken to undermine, condemn or other religions in name of the above will bring about reciprocal reaction from other predominantly religious countries and India even can claim itself to be a superpower in might but the migrant income is what is feeding the new rich inhabitants of India.

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    • CMswami  September 21, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Well said Mr.Rajendiran. I endorse 100% your views.

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  7. Narayan das  May 3, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Congratulations Shastriji for broaching the subject of Indian (Bharat-varsha) history.

    I recall the quote by George Orwell – “He who controls the past, controls the future. He who controls the present, controls the past.”

    So, to reverse engineer this truism, one would be well informed to understand who controls the present. For it is they who control the past and therefore, the future.

    My guruji, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, informed us that this Earth planet is controlled, at least socially, economically and militarily by rakshasas. They are not human; indeed, they exploit humans, and they are thoroughly atheistic. Suppression of the truth is their main strategy to achieve a one world secular state.

    Since India is the cradle of all civilization, and the (somewhat dwindling) bastion of all theistic example and directive, it is square in the crosshairs of the demonic weaponry. One of the main weapons being the control of history.

    Mr P.N.Oak has presented much well researched material on the subject of our world Vedic heritage. A recommended read. He even challenged the status quo version of India’s history through the Indian court system. His case was dismissed, since the courts, government, Bollywood, corporations,CIA and the global financiers (whose agenda is the aforementioned secular world state) are all in bed together.

    When the smoke clears after the 3rd World War (such a war is a high probability) then well-intended folks such as your good self will be sought to establish a sane and truthful history, therefore a meaningful future.

    Duryodhana accepted Krishna’s military forces, Arjuna accepted Krishna Himself in the epic fight for righteousness. This example indicates, of course, the choice we all make; to run with the Lord, or with that which appears to mundane vision to be mighty and secure. The latter option is ill-advised.

    Bhagavan Sri Krishna will not fail us. But first we ought to embrace His directive as given in the Bhagavad-gita and other divine histories of India; least we get trampled in the rush to catch the latest Bollywood drama – yet another mind-numbing installment from those who fiddle our history!

    Kind regards,

    OM TAT SAT

    Narayan das

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  8. Devendra Pal  May 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Actually,the biggest problem to Christian Missionaries came in 14th -15th century ,when they found that Hindu scriptures talked of Kali samvat and Aadi samvat which incidently was around 1.98bn years and their Bible said that the world was created only 5000 years back…how could they accept thatHindus knew much more than their Bible…So they and their Edcationists/Historians started a full campaign to vilfy and falsify Hindu history…They were joined later on by the Indians…Even today’s pseudo -historianslike Romila Thapar,Irfan Habib,Ram Chandra Guha have never tried to get off the beaten track..They have never tried any different theses…Why Science/Maths have made so much progress..they always think of novel theories and have done wonders…No number squared can be negative,but Mathematicians thought of a number i(iota) which when squared becomes -1…This helped them make great leaps and bounds in Science nd Technology with the help of complex numbers…Historians especially Indians think that what ever Mughal Darbaries and British Historians wrote is gospel truth that is why nothing genuine and truthful version of Indian History can come about….It is very sad…I wish Present Govt. pursues the rewriting of Indian History as this may be the last chance though it may not be easy as the sick ular among us will raise a lot of dust…

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  9. nadaraasan  May 29, 2015 at 1:58 am

    This is a crime against humanity. Insurrectionists in the ICHR want to cover up the crimes of the Brahmins.

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    • CMswami  September 21, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Indians never have freedom, they are slaves from 4000 BC or 3000 BC or 1.98 Bn years, to the unethical Varnasrama dharma, created and propagated by non other than the Krishna, in Bhavad Gita who declares, that he has created this all four castes and they have to follow their respective dharm, even he stats that though he created this order of casts, he can not change even if he desires? Then how he can be the GOD? or on who’s will he spoke the Gita? or who has written this and added to Mahabarata story.
      So A new Bhavad Gita to be written with new avatar of a New Krishna, for this, our mighty Brahmins to give permission. In new Gita all the caste orders may be reversed, so Brahmins become untouchables etc.
      Because old Gita is wriiten by them and keep their supremacy for ever and keep the masses in dark.
      Hence rewrite all puranas and vedas and eithihas so every indian feel proud of our past.

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  10. jay  November 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Hi everyone,

    It’s true that Indian history needs to be rewritten. Anyone not agreeing, must once atleast go through, “Six Glorious Epochs” by Veer Savarkar!

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  11. raj  November 22, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Until decofe the shindhu script you won’t get any clear conclusion.

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  12. Kowsillia  November 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    To this day the rites of passage of the Guru Kull is still praticed in Guyana South America. India terrible tradegy of not knowing their culture and history is because the victors write history, times are a changing.we can now claim our past …….

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  13. Ram Sawroop  April 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Ram Sawroop I have seen the comments made by many person the point is just to start from one place . Its time to collect from all side from noth to sount & east to west. May be well known writters sit some place and write whatthey can. This can also be done on the internet and gather what they can.I wish Kowsillisa write more of her information on Guyana South America as I ehard these perople were taken from North India by British for sugar cane plantation . The paoint is to start and get this subject to form the results. If any person know more of North India / Kashmir from where my roots are welcome to write me at sawroopr3@gmail.com
    I am in Denmark with my family for the last 46 years.

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