Thursday, March 12, 2009

Communist Historians

Found a brilliant piece by Yvette Rosser on a blog that I follow,

It is from a paper submitted in the International Conference on Indian History held in New Delhi between Jan 9-11, 2009 meant to highlight and clarify the deliberately falsified marxist and missionary tainted history being taught in our schools.

According to the organizers,
“the purpose of the Conference is to decolonize various aspects of ancient Indian history and its chronology which were deliberately distorted and mis-dated during the British Raj with a view to cause confusion and a sense of inferiority among Indians. ICIH 2009 aims to contribute toward correcting this mangled historical narrative of the Indian civilization. Much of the ancient Indian history taught to our youth today has absolutely no basis in fact and is not supported by modern research. This is causing terrible cultural damage to our society and has to be set right urgently by taking a more rational view of the past.”

This is a must read and I am giving some excerpts below,

"For the leftists, Akbar is sacrosanct, the “Father of Indian integration”–a model of communal harmony because he is seen as less “fanatical” and more “Indianized” than his ancestors or his offspring, which included some of the more notorious iconoclasts in Indian lore, such as Babur and Aurangzeb. The leftist intellectuals, who extrapolate their historical narratives about medieval India outwards from the benevolent “secularism” of Akbar’s fifty-five year reign, were therefore particularly pained to discredit an archeological excavation that might indicate that Akbar was not as liberal as depicted in the history textbooks they had written."

"This same predominance of data was brought forward to show that there had been a large 11th century temple under the Babri Masjid site, but since the evidence was “tainted by Saffron” or “Nationalism”, the “Delhi historians” refused to consider it. This tendency to discount all research, if it happens to also prove supportive of Indian and/or Hindu Nationalism is repeated constantly in academia. Professors in South Asian Studies Departments have written anthologies and organized conferences about Hindu Revivalism. These educational products rarely if ever include articles or presentations by members of the groups under study."

"To conclude this rather lengthy excursion into the writings of the famous, some would say, infamous, “Sangh” historian, Sita Ram Goel points out the ironic nature of historical arguments that emerged as he engaged them. The beauty of the paradox, by which he deftly left his Marxist nemeses/historians having to backtrack in order not to alienate the majority of Indian citizens, may be one reason that they so rarely respond to such scholarship contesting their theories.
When scrutinized carefully, many ironies emerge from their theoretical positions. If questioned, sometimes they will admit that their historical assumptions may have been slanted to propound a certain political point of view, that such liberties were justified in order to combat communalism. Quite often when a rejoined from the non-leftists cuts through their arguments and frustrates a broad acceptance of their pronouncements on various topics they are unable or unwilling to respond, and they prefer to remain mute, resorting to name calling rather than confronting the paradoxes and inconsistencies that had been pointed out.

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