The Rajasthan education department has reversed the history of India by officially endorsing the “alternative view” about the fate of the famous battle of Haldighati.
Maharana Pratap defeated Mughal emperor Akbar in the battle of Haldighati in 1576, says the revised Class X social science textbook introduced in the current session.
“Neither was the battle of Haldighati inconclusive, nor was it won by Akbar. In fact, Pratap who was defending his motherland, succeeded in his ambition while Mughal Emperor Abkar’s forces, having imperialistic ambition, failed in taking over Mewar,” the book reads.
Maharana Pratap’s army fought a heroic battle and forced Akbar’s army to retreat from the battlefield, history books in Rajasthan schools will now teach.
Confirming the change in history books, Rajasthan Minister of State for primary and secondary education Vasudev Devnani said that the history being taught in the state’s schools so far was incorrect. With this change in the Class X history books, the aberration has now been fixed, Devnani said.
The education minister went on to question why Mughal emperor Akbar would launch six consecutive attacks on Maharana Pratap’s army after the Battle of Haldighati if he was the victor of the original fight. Akbar kept attacking Maharana Pratap because each time he would lose to the latter, Devnani added.
Further, Rajasthan University’s history department has also replaced the term Medieval History (1200 AD-1700 AD) with ‘Struggling India’ and Ancient History (600 BC-1200 AD) with ‘Golden Era of India’.The Rajasthan education department has reversed the history of India by officially endorsing the “alternative view” about the fate of the famous battle of Haldighati.
These additions are intended to redefine historical accounts which the department claims have been written by Leftist historians to “create an inferiority complex in the minds of Indians”.
The second chapter of the textbook `Struggling India’ begins with the rule of the Delhi Sultanate and conclu des with the end of Mughal ruler Aurangzeb’s era in 1707 AD. The chapter highlights the `jaziya tax’ levied on nonMuslims by Aurangzeb and elaborately mentions about Emperor Akbar’s Din-e-Ilahi.
A panel of academicians was given the task of rewriting the Class X social science textbook to demolish a false narrative that Indians surrendered to foreign aggression-socially, culturally and politically, creating an impression that the invaders were of a superior race.
“I have demolished the centuries-old British and Leftist-sponsored premise by highlighting facets that even after Bharat Mahadveep lost political ground to invaders he never lost religious and cultural leadership,” says noted historian CS Sharma, who had written both the chapters. Sharma’s research was brought to the attention of the Rajasthan education ministry by Mohanlal Gupta, a BJP MLA from Kishanpole who asked that the state’s history books be accordingly changed. The University of Rajasthan too debated Sharma’s research and finding merit in them changed its curriculum. The university’s history department also changed the label for the 1200-1700 AD period from Struggling India to Golden Era of India.
(With inputs from Times of India)