Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, wonders who can stop us from authoring history

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Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, stated on Friday that “governments cannot manufacture history” and urged people to take the initiative to depict history in its real shape. Many battles waged by Indian kings against invaders have been forgotten, Shah lamented, but such fights – such as those fought by the Ahom kings in Assam and Shivaji-led Marathas in the north-western region – have brought India to its current position.

 

“It is true that some people have twisted history. They’ve written whatever they needed to write. But who is to say that we can’t write it ourselves? Nobody will be able to stop us. “History is not made by governments, but by genuine events,” the home minister remarked at the NDMC Hall on Friday, releasing the book “Maharanas: A Thousand Year War for Dharma” by Omendra Ratnu.

No one, according to Shah, can stop the process of documenting these struggles for future generations. To be effective, Shah added, attempts to bring out the facts through new history books should be “larger and more intense” than those who promote lies.

Shah has urged writers and filmmakers to work on “bringing out the truths” in the wake of both the RSS and the BJP alleging that history books were written by Left historians and those who had neglected the accomplishments of Hindu rulers and kingdoms. In April, the home minister attended a special screening of ‘Vidrohi,’ a television series based on the story of Odia independence fighter Buxi Jagabandhu, and this week, he attended a special showing of ‘Samrat Prithviraj,’ a biopic of monarch Prithviraj Chauhan in the national capital. He had previously asked filmmakers to develop more films and serials about unheralded heroes.

 

However, Shah cautioned that while books such as ‘Maharanas,’ which tells the story of “the resistance of Mewar Kings for one thousand uninterrupted years to Islamic invaders of various hues,” will spark debates through which young people will learn about India’s glorious past, it will take time to establish them.

“If we start researching and writing down history, it will spark debates and conversations among the younger generation.” But it’ll be a lengthy trip… As the dust of time settled on them, many key events were forgotten. To awaken society, we must excavate them and present them before the people,” he added, adding that the battles of the kings who successfully kept the invaders out are not even properly chronicled.

He asked authors to publish works about dynasties such as the Pandyas, Ahoms, Chalukyas, Mauryas, Guptas, and others, claiming that historians had disregarded them. “There are also no reference books.” I’d like to suggest that instead of making remarks about it, one should write about it in order to expose the true history to the public. “The past that we consider fake will gradually fade away on its own,” he remarked.

Although the government has begun endeavours to document “real history,” Shah believes that the project can be successful only if society embraces it as a goal. “I can guarantee you that if Veer Savarkar hadn’t been there, the truth about 1857 would not have come out,” he added.

“…revolutions that were defeated at the time have the capacity to awaken society and people.” Padmavati’s sacrifice had provided women and men the strength to live their lives with their heads held high… Documenting history is vital because the outcome of events or revolts is irrelevant; instead, the influence they have had on individuals should be considered,” Shah added.

“The invaders had completed the language, culture, and traditions of the territories they assaulted, but they were forced to come to a halt here in India…

“Whoever fought for India and sacrificed for India can now rest in peace, because we are making them proud after so many years,” Shah remarked.