The Indian Council of Historical Research is a body that receives funding from the Indian government with regards to history. A lot of it’s work involves development of history textbooks.
One of the things I have mentioned is that Indian history is often warped to portray Indian history in a way more positive light.
The two examples I quote are Subash Chandra Bose, a man who threw his lot in with the Empire of the Sun and Nazi Germany. Yes, the man is a fascist and even has airports named after him…
And the other is a tale about the first Mughal Emperor, Babur. Babur’s story is told as one where he lead his troops to drink from a stream, leaving those who plunged their heads into the water behind as he regarded them as unaware and thoughtless. That was the source of his victory.
Not the first usage of cannons in Indian warfare that he brought with him that effectively changed how war was fought.
History is rewritten to be more romantic and more fantastic rather than realistic. And it allows for this fantasy that the past of India was this paradise ruined by the Brits. And no where is this seen by the new head of the ICHR, Yellapragada Sudarshan Rao was a member of the Hindutva group, the RSS and his fundamentalist leanings shine through in this interview. [Read more...]