Indian history: The tales of defeat in North India- Mohan Guruswamy

(The writer, a policy analyst studying economic and security issues, held senior positions in government and industry. The article first appeared in Deccan Chronicle on October 26, 2021)

  • History invariably is written and rewritten to serve the political and ideological cause of the ruling elites. No wonder Winston Churchill had said: “Gentlemen, history will be kind to us — we will write it!” Take Indian history as it is being taught in our schools today. It is the history of the vanquished. It is mostly a chronological scroll down of events in the Indo-Gangetic plain. The textbooks start with the Indus Valley Civilisa-tion and after that remain largely focused on the consecutive onslaughts and occupations of India from the northwest…

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