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[7 Sep 2014 | 14 Comments | 353 views]
“A country without a memory…”

On facebook last week a reader, in response to my recent series on the Taj, asked, “Kyun Gadhe Murde Ukhadane main time waste kar rahe ho…?”.  That comment set me thinking. The phrase “Gadhe Murde” had hit the nail on the head. It summarised the way most Indians feel about history. “History is boring; It merely digs up the past; It is unnecessary; It serves little purpose”. No wonder, few Indians have a strong sense of history. And the more “educated” you are, the less acquainted you are likely to be, …

Debates & Discussions, Indian Architecture & City Planning, Indian History, Medieval Indian History »

[19 Jul 2014 | 4 Comments | 584 views]
Re-examining History: The Gold Railing, The Leaks, The Palaces

…or was the Taj an extant structure prior to 1631?
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In the first part of this series, we noticed the wide discrepancy in historical accounts of the construction of the Taj which led us to “…wonder whether the brickwork of the central edifice, the foundations, the layout, indeed the entire structure, was already complete when Shah Jahan started to ‘build’ the Taj Mahal?”
What makes me think that? Is the fact of wide divergence in the accounts of construction of the Taj basis enough to conclude that the …

Debates & Discussions, Indian Architecture & City Planning, Indian History, Medieval Indian History, ToI Columns »

[7 Jul 2014 | 4 Comments | 446 views]
Re-examining History: The Making of the Taj

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This article is the first in a series in which I intend to probe some of the odd “facts” about Taj Mahal – the iconic structure that has become symbolic of grandeur & beauty in medieval Indian architecture.  This series will largely draw on the seminal research and study of primary sources & contemporary accounts by Dr V S Godbole during the years 1981 – 1996, condensed in his book, “Taj Mahal: Analysis of A Great Deception”
In the first part, a closer look at the effort …

Indian History, Islamic Rule in India, Medieval Indian History, ToI Columns »

[9 May 2014 | 2 Comments | 248 views]
An uneven battle, the heroes of Haldighati & forgetting history

Today happens to be an important date in Indian medieval history. It marks the birth of one of India’s true heroes – a man whose life exemplifies valour, courage, fierce pride and self-respect - MahaRana Pratap Singh of Mewar*.
Unfortunately most of us have only the foggiest idea of his exploits, thanks to our “education”.  The MahaRana is largely ignored in the history textbooks of early years in India. Yesterday, as I was browsing the Class VII History Text Book prepared by NCERT, I noticed it did not have any mention of …

Distortions, Misrepresentations about India, Impact of Islam on India, Indian History, Medieval Indian History »

[8 Nov 2012 | 6 Comments | 487 views]

Excerpts from a well-researched post by Shankara that appeared on CentreRight.in:
*** “The myth about Islamic contribution to India” – by Shankara ***
Is it ignorance or agenda that drives Indian history narrative? 
…Let us clear the air on the Islamic contributions to India and Hindu society at large. Lets look at some broad categories that can be used as a framework to measure them.
Universities and colleges
Before the advent of Islam on Indian soil, India has as many as 20 large universities some of them which were international in nature, some of the …

Ancient Indian History, British Rule in India, Distortions, Misrepresentations about India, Indian History »

[28 Apr 2012 | No Comment | 623 views]
Colonial Distortions & Correcting History: One Step at a Time

This excerpt comes from Anuraag Sanghi (2ndLook).. From a post titled, “1857: History and Propaganda“. It is shocking..and depressing how the discourse was deliberately perverted – and how we continue to remain ignorant to this day…Pl take a moment to subscribe to his blog if you have not already done so and pl share and help spread awareness…
*** Excerpts from 1857: History and Propaganda by 2ndLook ***
…A man who is much (wrongly) admired in India today – Max Mueller. For instance in Max Muller’s colonial propagandist history, when it comes to …

Debates & Discussions, Indian History, Personal »

[6 Mar 2012 | 11 Comments | 570 views]
Announcing ItihAs: Live Chat on Indian History 10th March, 8pm

Dear Friends: It is my great pleasure to announce the third online text chat this year – this time on “Itihaas”, covering aspects related to Indian history. As you know, the span of Indian history and its breadth is impossible to cover even in weeks, let alone the 2 hours we have on the chat..What we will discuss is therefore a selection of topics related to Indian History..

This will very likely be a 2-part chat. The topics that I intend to touch upon are:

An Overview of Indian History
Why Bother with …

British Rule in India, Distortions, Misrepresentations about India, Indian Economy, Indian History, Modern Indian History »

[1 Feb 2012 | 44 Comments | 2,140 views]
Impoverishment of India during British Raj

Dear All:  Below, excerpts from a remarkable report from 1908 titled, “Why is England in India at all?“. In this report, written more than a century ago, Jabez Sutherland examines the extent to which the British Raj impoverished India.. Please read and share widely. I doubt any of our current text-books mention this aspect of “history”.
*** Excerpts from “Why is England in India at all?” by Jabez T Sutherland ***
What causes this awful and growing impoverishment of the Indian people? Said John Bright, “If a country be found possessing a most …

British Rule in India, Distortions, Misrepresentations about India, Indian Economy, Indian History, Modern Indian History »

[13 Jan 2012 | 32 Comments | 720 views]
A Restorative Historical Account of Victorian Holocausts..

Dear All: It is my pleasure to publish this guest post by Amitabh Soni on “A restorative Historical Account of Victorian Holocausts“…and how these Holocausts though bigger than Hitler’s Holocaust were kept a secret by the holier than thou British establishment. Read on…
*** A restorative Historical Account of Victorian Holocausts by Amitabh Soni ***
Over the past few months I have been reading horrid accounts of British Imperialism in India.  I think, the greatest achievement of British Imperialism, was to tone down the “dislike” of the Indians towards them to such drastic …

Ancient Indian History, Indian History, World History »

[4 Jan 2012 | One Comment | 898 views]
Of Hopi women, Maga Brahmins & the Migration of Sun Worshipers

Dear All: Some of you may remember two posts I published earlier this year on possible links between the ancient culture in India and the civilisations in Latin America and Egypt. Several weeks ago, I stumbled on this remarkable post by Jayasree on links between the Saraswati-Sindhu civlisation and the cultures of South West Americas. Jayasree has drawn on a vast amount of (admittedly circumstantial) evidence to suggest the case for linkages and contacts between these 2 ancient cultures…Below are some excerpts that you will find fascinating..Read on.
*** Excerpts from …