Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that the historians have ignored several prominent dynasties including Cholas, Pallavas and Ahoms but gave importance only to Mughals.
“I want to tell something to the historians. We have many empires but historians have concentrated only on the Mughals and wrote only about them,” Shah said during the launch of the book, ‘Maharana: Sahastra Varsha Ka Dharma Yuddha’ in the capital.
He also said, “When independent historians write history, only truth comes up ….”.
He said the Pandyas empire ruled for 800 years, the Ahom empire ruled Assam for 650 years. The Ahoms even defeated Bakhtiyar Khilji, and Aurangzeb and kept Assam sovereign. The Pallava Empire ruled for 600 years. The Cholas ruled for 600 years, but all these did not get adequate importance in Indian history.
“The Mauryas ruled the whole country — from Afghanistan to Lanka for 550 years. The Satvahanas ruled for 500 years. The Guptas ruled for 400 years and Samudragupta had for the first time envisioned a united India and established an empire with the whole country. But there is no reference book on them,” he lamented.
The history which “we believe wrong will gradually fade away and the truth will emerge” only when good numbers of reference books are written on these empires.
“By keeping aside comments, our glorious history should be kept in front of the public. When we make big efforts, then automatically the attempt of falsehood becomes small,” he maintained.
Mr Shah said some historians have written some books on a small scale but no one has done any comprehensive work on the history of the whole country and there are limited reference books.
He said history is not written on the basis of victory or defeat, but it ought to be penned on the basis of the outcome of an event.
History is not made on the basis of the government and books, truth is made on the basis of events, he said.
“No one can stop us from writing the truth. We are now independent. We can write our own history,” he said.
Some books and history references may generate disappointment, but he said India is such a country where disappointment cannot survive.
“It may be decades, 50 years or a hundred year but at the end it is the truth which will emerge victorious,” he said.