Rajasthan Minister want to rewrite textbook

Saranya | Saturday, February 11, 2017 3:57 PM IST

Rajasthan Minister want to rewrite textbook

Indians flew an aeroplane before the Wright Brothers, Jawaharlal Nehru was not part of the Independence movement and Savarkar was a freedom fighter, Godse was influenced by Communists, north pole was somewhere in present day Odisha, Caste system was created by Muslims, languages across the world was originated from India, Qutub Minar and Taj Mahal was made by Hindu rulers and the latest in the list of Sangh claptrap is Maharana Pratap won the Battle of Haldighati against Akbar.

In its latest attempt to saffronise history and academia, senior ministers of the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government in Rajasthan have backed a proposal to rewrite history taught at the university level to claim that Rajput warrior-king Maharana Pratap won the Battle of Haldighati against the Mughal army of Akbar led by his general Man Singh.

Former Higher Education Minister Kalicharan Saraf (now health minister), School Education Minister Vasudev Devnani and Urban Development and Housing Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat want the books to be rewritten to show Maharana Pratap as the actual winner.

Former higher education minister says that, yes, it has been established.  A distorted version of  history has been taught to generation of students. But the fact is that Akbar was a foreign invader ans Maharana pratap was a brave patriotic ruler. And if there is a proposal to correct this mistake and tell student that Maharana Pratap actually won the battle. Then what is wrong with it?” Kalicharan Saraf, Minister added.

University syndicate member and BJP MLA Mohan Lal Gupta had proposed rewriting the history curriculum in Rajasthan university to portray Maharana Pratap as the winner of the 1576 battle. Acting Vice Chancellor Rajeshwar Singh said The proposal has been forwarded to the university’s Board of Studies (for critical examination and appropriate decision).

Meanwhile, authoritative texts on medieval history, say the Battle of Haldighati was fought between the forces of Akbar led by Man Singh and those of Maharana Pratap, assisted among others by “an Afghan contingent led by Hakim Sur which played a distinctive role”. The battle failed to break the stalemate between Akbar and Rana Pratap, with the latter retreating into the hills of southern Mewar.

“The Mughal forces were commanded by Kr. Man Singh. With both the Hindus and the Muslims divided, the battle of Haldighati can scarcely be considered a struggle between Hindus and Muslims. Nor can it be considered a struggle for Rajput independence, influential sections of the Rajputs already having cast their lot with the Mughals. The struggle can be regarded at best as an assertion of the principle of local independence,” renowned historian Satish Chandra writes.