I appreciate the Rama's efforts to bring to light the topic of how the BJP
government is encouraging efforts to re-discover the history of India through
scientific, archelogical, political and religious means in her article 'A
Hindu Quest for Some Holy Water'. However, what is dissappointing is that
although Rama has given us reactions from people on both sides of the coin,
the 'tone' of her article is certainly biased towards believing that what the
'secular' historians mention is the truth. She gives the impression of being
sympathetic to the cause of the pseudo-secular individuals, who form a small
minority in India today. The overwhelming population of India has voted the
psuedo-secularists (mainly Congress party) out in 1996. But these
psuedo-secularits today fail to realize the ground reality, and seem to live
in their own world.
I would like to counter some of the text she writes:
but could also confirm fears among India's secular historians that the
country's Hindu-nationalist ruling party is trying to rewrite history to suit
How can scientific, archeological and linguistic evidence 'confirm fears'
about the truth of a civilization? Shouldn't it confirm the 'truth'? What are
the 'secular historians' afraid of? The truth?
That predominance, however, did not prevent India from embracing
secularism when it achieved independence in 1947 and enshrining it in the
country's first constitution.
By making this statement, Rama shows her ignorance about India's history.
India is probably one of the world's oldest secular state. Infact secularism
is a concept deeply enschrined in Hinduism. It is Hindus that let people who
were persecuted in their land take refuge in India - e.g. Parsis, Jews,
Tibetans etc. Hinduism is one of the most tolerant religion in the world.
Unfortunately, many people took advantage of this - starting from the Moghuls
and Turks, then the British, and after partition, the psuedo-secular
Ruled by the staunchly secularist Congress party for most of the past five
decades, India pursued policies designed to ensure equality for Muslims,
Christians and followers of other minority religions.
This is absolutely false. The Congress has been one of the most psuedo-secular
and communal party in India. Under the garb of being secular, it has gone to
extreme lengths to appease minorities. It has orchestrated the worst communal
riots in India. Its leaders encouraged terrorism in Punjab, which lead to the
deaths of lakhs of people and permanently scarring the relations between
Hindus and Sikhs. It took no action when ethnic cleansing of Hindus took
place in Kashmir valley. Fed up with such policies, the Indian public saw a
ray of hope in BJP, which promised in its manifesto a Uniform civil code for
all Indians, scrapping Article 357 which gives seccionist rights to Jammu &
Kashmir and deporation of 2 crore illegal Bangladeshi migrants. That it did
not act on any of these issues, is another story, with coalition politics
being one the reasons for it.
The BJP-led coalition set about a slow but systematic program to place
historians sympathetic to Hindu-nationalist ideology in charge of research
institutions and to introduce changes in history textbooks in schools.
Rama gives a impression that changes in history textbooks have to do just
with ideology. However, they are much more than ideology - they are to do
with the truth. No one has exposed these historians more than the renowned
journalist Mr. Arun Shourie. In his book 'Eminent Historians: Their line,
their fraud", he has exposed how corrupt these historians are, and how they
have distorted our history to suit their ideology. So infact, the re-writing
of history books is more to do with the truth than just ideology. I would
also like to mention that there is nothing wrong in re-writing history. It
has happened all around the world, even in America.
While I do not support changing history just on idelogical grounds, I
would like the present and future generation to know what the truth is. And
any effort in this direction should be hailed, and not criticized. Especially
in a free thinking and liberal country like USA, which has been a pioneer in
research and scientific studies.