As adults of the 21st century, we are not much aware about what our kids are learning from their textbooks. Let us, take some time off from our busy schedules and have a glimpse of our kids history text-book.
NCERT Text Book in History for Class VII, Social Science – OUR PASTS – II , Page No. 21 para -2.
This is what it reads:
“As we will see (pp. 62-66), rulers also tried to demonstrate their power and resources by building large temples. So, when they attacked one another’s kingdoms, they often chose to target temples, which were sometimes extremely rich. You will read more this in chapter 5.
One of the best known of such rulers is Sultan mahmud of Ghazni, Afghanistan. He ruled from 997 to 1030, and extended control over parts of Central Asia, Iran and the north Western part of the subcontinent. He raided the subcontinent almost every year – his targets were wealthy temples, including that if Somnath, Gujarat. Much of the wealth Mahmud carried away was used to create a splendid capital city of Gazni.
Other kings who engaged in warfare included the Chahamanas, later known as the Chauhans, who ruled over the region around Delhi and Ajmer. They attempted to expand their control to the west and the east, where they were opposed by the Chalukyas of Gujarat and the Gahadavalas of western Uttar Pradesh. The best known Chahamana ruler was Prithviraja III (l168-1192), who defeated an Afghan named Sultan Muhammad Ghori in 1191, but lost to him the very next year, in 1192.”
Further, on page No. 66 of the same book Mahmud Ghazni appears again, this time to be equated again with another great Hindu Ruler Chola King Rajendra I.
Let’s look at the complete text from Page no. 65 of the same text-book:
“Because kings built temples to demonstrate their devotion to God and their power and wealth. It is not surprising that when they attacked one another’s kingdoms they often targeted these buildings. In the early ninth century when the Pandyan King Shrimara Shriallabha invaded Sri Lanka and defeated the king, Sena I (831-851), the Buddhist monk and chronicler Dhammakitti noted: “he removed all the valuables .. The statue of Buddha made entirely of gold in the Jewel Palace… and the golden images in the various monasteries – all these he seized.” The blow to the pride of the Sinhalese ruler had to be avenged and the next Sinhalese ruler, Sena II, ordered his general to invade Madurai, the capital of the Pandyas. The Buddhist chronicler noted that the expedition made a special effort to find and restore the gold statue of the Buddha.”
A Native Hindu ruler attacked another Hindu / Buddhist ruler and took the God’s statue for worship, didn’t break it that’s why it could be recovered and restored.
The Text Book:
“Similarly in the early eleventh century, when the Chola King Chola king Rajendra I built a Shiva temple in his capital he filled it with prized statues seized from defeated rulers. An incomplete list included: a Sun-pedestal from the Chalukyas, a Ganesha statue and several statues of Durga; a Nandi statue from the eastern Chalukyas; an image of Bhairava (a form of Shiva) and Bhairavi from the Kalingas of Orissa; and a Kali statue from the Palas of Bengal.”
A Native Hindu Ruler collected statues of Gods and installed them in a new temple which he built.
The Text Book:
“Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni was a contemporary of Rajendra – I. During his campaigns in the subcontinent, he also attacked the temples of defeated kings and looted their wealth and idols. Sultan Mahmud was not a very important ruler at that time. But by destroying temples – especially the one at Somnath – he tried to win credit as a great hero of Islam. In the political culture of the middle Ages most rulers displayed their political might and military success by attacking and looting the places of worship of defeated rulers.”
This text-book puts native Hindu and Buddhist rulers like King Rajendra-I and Prithviraj Chauhan in the same league as Mahmud Ghazni. These great native rulers were of the same faith as their opposite rulers.
The History text-book dexterously equates them with Mahmud Gazni, a foreign plunderer, who killed the native Indians in thousands, destroyed the ancient temple of Somnath and the revered idol, the jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva to destruct the faith of this land and to establish his jihadi faith. The book further narrates Prithviraj Chauhan and other Hindu rulers as targeting another kingdoms’ temples and looting them for their wealth!
Millions of Indian warriors have fought and died for the protection of this ancient land’s culture, its essence and its reach way of life, which is known today as Hindutva, must be crying in heaven upon continuation of this historical jihad. Our forefathers are feeling ashamed of our intellectual emptiness and colonial paralysis.
What did I do as a parent? Did I teach this fraud to my kid? Answer is no. I narrated to my kid, how our ancestors fought till their last breath against 17 attacks of Ghazni to save the dignity of the women of this land and to protect the reverence of jyotirlinga of lord Mahadev.
I did not want to pollute my child’s thoughts with the negativity of Mahmud Gazni’s plundering sprees. Therefore, I limited the conversion about Gazni, limited to a few sentences.
When I was a kid, my Grand Mother used to tell me historical tales of great Indian Kings, she used to call me by the nick name ‘Ram’. Daily recital of Ramayana taught us to embrace the virtues of maryada purushottam shri Ram. Family values instilled were like Raghukul Riti. Every girl inspired to be like Mata Sita and every boy wanted to emulate Lord Ram.
The equally illustrated tale of Maharaja Prithviraj Chahuan instilled us with great pride. The awe-inspiring tale of Maharaja Prithviraj Chauhan is truly a lesson in life for us, Indians. The values practiced by him while he defeated the Mahmud Ghori in the battle of terrain in 1911 but still let him free as Ghori begged for mercy on his life. The Muslim invader Ghori re-groups, attacks, captures, tortures and blinds Prithviraj Chauhan. Prithviraj Chauhan, although blinded, kills Ghori with the help from his friend Chand Bardai.
I narrated memoirs of that historical day to my children when chand bardai recited “Chaar Baans, Chaubis Gaj, Angul Asht Praman. Ta Upar Sultan hai, mat chuko Chauhan.” I told my kids that the Great Maharaja Prithviraj Chauhan was a fierce warrior. And like King Dashratha, father of lord Ram, Prithviraj also had mastered the elusive art of Shabda Bhedi (Sound piercing!) arrow. Chand Bardai, The poet, gave exact calculations of the distance and direction of Ghori. The great Chauhan did not miss the opportunity to kill the enemy, shoots and pierces an arrow through the heart of the gory invader.
I told my kids to always remember, who Prithviraj Chauhan was? While narrating about Prithviraj Chauhan, one can see the feelings of pride in the kid’s eyes.
This is my history, narrated to me, by my Grand Parents to them, by our forefathers. A history which could not be erased by bloody invaders the Muslims and the Europeans. The Muslims burned all the available literature and scriptures, killed all those who protested, stood tall and refused to convert to Islam. The Muslims enslaved the weak, the women and the children of my land. The invading Muslim men used Hindu women as machines whose role was to give birth to more and more Muslims . The Europeans brought out shabby theories of Aryan invasion to prove their supremacy.
The invaders did their best to erase each and every memory of our great heritage and history, they termed our historical texts, Ramayana and Mahabharata as mythical. Our warriors were written off and equated with plunderers. The keepers of our history and faith, the Brahmins are described by this very book as dominant groups because of their patrons (the Hindu Rulers) and their knowledge of Sanskrit (see para 3 page 11).
Many invaders came and went, the heart of our culture lives in the villages. No invader ever succeeded in changing our everlasting habit of keeping the history alive through folklores and recitals.
This is such a shame that contemporary historians are trying to soften the heinous deeds of past Muslim invaders by using their excellent linguistic skills and equating those mass murderers with great Hindu kings.
I, Petty Officer Manan Bhatt take pledge to never ever teach my kid this falsified history, even if it might result in him failing in his history examinations. I do not want my kid to fail his forefathers.
Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Wo Kahan Hain?
(I am searching for people, who are proud of the great land, called India)