In a much-needed move to rectify a gigantic mistake in the narrative of the Indian freedom struggle, a government-appointed panel, which reviewed the entries in the fifth volume of the dictionary, brought out by the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), has recommended the deletion of the names of 387 Moplah rioters who rioted against the Hindus.
The panel also noted that the 1921 rebellion in Malabar was never part of the independence struggle, but a fundamentalist movement focused on religious conversion.
None of the slogans raised by the rioters were in favour of nationalism and anti-British in content, the panel noted.
The panel has noted that the rebellion was an attempt to establish a Caliphate. Had it succeeded, a Caliphate would have been established in the region, too, and India would have ended up losing that part from its territory.
Reacting to this, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) called the deletion historic and congratulated the Union government for this bold step.