For a start, western historians have estimated the beginning
of ancient Indians civilization between 1,500 and 1,000 years
Never mind if the Indians say that the greatest battle ever,
the Mahabharata, was fought 5,000 years ago.
The west knows better.
Then Muslim rule was established at the beginning of 13
century and so earlier empires and their achievements and
glories began to fade and history was written by Muslim
Finally, the British took over this vast Indian sub-continent.
To govern it, they had to wipe out its glorious past, its
culture and education system and impose the Imperial System.
Osho says: "Your whole history is bunk ... I mean the
whole human history is bunk, because it is written by people
who were victorious; it is all false.
"For example, in India, Britain ruled for 300 years and
they were the writers of history.
"And whatsoever they wrote was wrong.
"They were not writing about the reality, the facts.
"To them, the Indian Revolution (1857) was only a mutiny;
it was not revolution.
"Revolution has respectability about it; mutiny is
something ugly to be crushed.
"The moment India became independent, they re-wrote the
history — they changed those 300 years."
Now that India is ruled by leaders who grew up and were
educated in India, and not Britain, a new wave has started to
look into ancient Indian history based on ancient texts and the
latest scientific analysis of artifacts.
No wonder the established historians who flourished under the
British Raj are upset and resist this move.
High time that the ancient texts, references, archaeological
sites and monuments were systematically dated, curated and
studied for an accurate account.
Equally important is the repositioning of historical content.
It should not merely the wars and conquests of kings and
It’s high time that the pathbreakers – the spiritual icons,
the cultural trendsetters and the artistic achievements – were
given their equal and rightful place in history.