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    Our history texts highlights invaders and wars but not Indian rulers' contributions abroad. Why?

    Most of the Indian history texts gives details about the administration by Indian Kings and foreign invaders and the wars fought between them. Today I happened to watch a video clipping of Sadhguru of Isha Foundation wherein he speaks about the contribution of Tamil kings and artisans in Lebanon and Cambodia. Indian rulers have built many monuments and Temples in these countries which are real wonders. These events are not reflected in any of the history textbooks.

    The Historians in India may need to do a lot of research on such events and so as to enable the inclusion of the same in our history.

    What are your opinions and suggestions?
  • #669080
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  • #669155
    A thoughtful thread. If one looks at the conquest of the Chola kings, it is amazing that their kingdom extended into Srilanka, parts of Malaysia, Sumatra, etc. Likewise, there would be many conquests of Indian kings into South-East Asia. During this, there would excellence in architecture, great cities/capitals, places of worship and palaces built.

    The question is who decides what enter into the history textbooks? how much to be included? which ruler to be mentioned? will it raise more controversies and opposition? Any event in history that is discussed in textbooks now can be viewed or misused to bring in communal bias, religious differences, etc.

    The government authorities have also studied this issue. It is interesting to glance at the last two chapters (https://mhrd.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/document-reports/textbooks.pdf).

  • #669166
    I have also seen that clipping. The information given in that video is very interesting and nowhere these pieces of information are available. We never studied these issues never anywhere in our history books. Why it is not brought to limelight is a real wonder. Probably they are not the invaders but they made these monuments through the rulers thereby funding the money,
    Same is the case with many people who fought for the freedom of the country. Their names were never revealed anywhere in history. Maybe the syllabus deciders thought that bringing all these issues to books may create some problems and the relations between the people may get spoiled. The writers who wrote these history books may not be interested in bringing those names out. However, matters are coming out now. This is one advantage we got because of social media.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #669183
    It is true that the invaders and their empire in India has got unduly importance in our History books. This has happened because the panel of educationists who prepared the contents of the History text books were biased by those stories rather then the brevity of our kings in the peripheral kingdoms. Writing History is a balancing act and the authors should know how much emphasis is to be given to which stories. If they wanted they could always cut short and briefed the descriptions of these offenders and invaders from the middle East or nearby places and could have given importance to the kings who fought with them without having comparable ammunitions and strength. At the same time our warriors had done great gallantry work in outside regions and that could also had been accommodated in the chronology at places. It is not too late and such modifications can be brought out by a knowledgeable panel of educationists.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #669269
    An interesting thread by the author raising the issue of historical contents in our text book and it's coverage regards to the invaders and offenders versus the great Indian warriors who fought against them as well as went to other parts of the world to fight for justice. Logically they should be included in the text books. They will definitely inspire our children.
    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #669359
    Being not a very dedicated student of history and not one who is very keen to study history, I have a doubt. Should the history of India be covering the achievements or otherwise (through invasion or otherwise) of the rulers of our princely states in territories beyond the Indian sub-continent? I scantily remember having read somewhere about the invasion of Sri Lanka and Indonesia by the Chola Kings and the devastations they caused there. I think it was the unwritten rule then for the mightier to lead wars and add territories to extend their boundaries by hook or by crook.

    I think, or believe it to be so, that such attempts (successful or otherwise) by the Indian Kings would only be the part of the history of those nations where they have made their presence felt.

    'It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it'. -Aristotle

  • #669369
    History as we know are mostly the ups and downs of India. Many state syllabus may have the britishers and the freedom fighters. Very few knows about the much history that actually played a vital role in their times. Many history chapters are just about inverders, british era, the rulers of state that did much for the state.

    The state government need to study the correct and complete history of the state and country. It need to be uniform for all, irrespective of the state in which they are studying. Scholars need to come together and make a common syllabus for every class accordingly. This will help in gaining the correct information and the fact of that era.

    The win and loss, the fight, the loot, the struggle and also the good works that people did need to be pen down and put accordingly for everyone to know. History is difficult but when made compulsory as per the standard, children will learn and remember.

    As the author mentioned, many such contributions are kept covered which is never opened. It is time we dust the books and bring light to it by correct posting and help from government.

    “Each day provides its own gifts.” —Marcus Aurelius


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