Abhinav Khare deep dives into how historians like Romila Thapar write and propagate a definite ideology and this is what gets manifested in our curriculum!
Recently, a short video clip of Romila Thapar went viral. In that she talks about Ashoka, the emperor of the Maurya Kingdom. In the viral video clip, we can see Ms Thapar saying that Yudishthir’s remorse could have been inspired from Ashoka’s remorse post the Kalinga war! The Twitterati went bonkers over it and for obvious reasons.
Historians believes that Mahabharata happened around 1200 (+/- 200 years) BCE whereas the period of Ashoka was from 304 to 232 BCE. It has always been a leftist propaganda to devalue our heritage and culture: one such being the Mahabharata. Mahabharata to the Left meant a Bhraminical fantasy which needs to be rebuked. Thus this reference to pro-Buddhist Mauryan emperor could have composed the Brahminical Mahabharata to show the deeo political rage at its centre.
So, how do we counter this?
The answer to this is simple. If we see clearly, the entire Mahabharata was written much before Buddhism started spreading. So, the only possibility can be that Ashoka was influenced by Yudishthir but the other way round is next to impossible.
Romila Thapar’s credibility has always been questioned. May it be her Aryan Invasion Theory, which time and again has been proved wrong by DNA testing and archaeologist or her calling India the favourite God. There is no concept of a favourite God in any of our religious scriptures. She glorified Indira because he would kill demons and enemies of the Aryans. Indra has always been hailed by the leftist groups for being fair, so according to her, he inevitably becomes the favourite god.
The History books today are filled with wrong information which demean our culture and heritage. Just like Thapar, they propagate a definite ideology. The previous governments have poisoned the minds of young children. The present government should take definite action and change the curriculum to include our Indian values and heritage.
About Abhinav Khare:
Abhinav Khare is the CEO of AsiaNetNews Network and also the host of a daily show named Deep Dive with AK. AsiaNetNews is a leading media group of south India with highly valuable brands like AsiaNetNews, Suvarna News, Kannada Prabha, IndigoMusic, Indigo Radio, MyNation, NewsFast, IndigoXP Music lounges.
He is a proud father of two beautiful daughters and resides in Bengaluru with his loving family and a lifetime collection of books and gadgets. An avid traveller, he has already pinged more than hundred cities from 5 major continents around the globe.
A tech entrepreneur, who is passionate about policy, technology, economy and philosophy from ancient India. His favourite pastime is to research synergy between these facets of society. He earned his qualifications from the top 10 global universities; an MS Engineering from the ETH Zurich and an MBA Finance from the London Business School.
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