Inspired by Rajasthan’s bid to rewrite history: Here are 5 other facts from India’s past that we could (should) change

Readers please note, any recourse to logic or fact is absolutely unnecessary here as long as we can sustain our nationalist pride through history.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 9, 2017 6:21 pm

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The Rajasthan government has decided that henceforth history textbooks would say that  the Mughal ruler, Akbar was defeated by ruler of Mewar, Rana Pratap in the Battle of Haldighati. We are extremely inspired by their attempt to instill pride among the people of Rajasthan by sheer imagination and history alteration. As a follow up, we suggest some instances in history which can be rewritten to make us more proud as Indians and wipe out everything we dislike about the past.

Readers please note, any recourse to logic or fact is absolutely unnecessary here as long as we can sustain our nationalist pride through history.

Alexander never managed to invade India

A popularly known historical belief is that Alexander the Great invaded India in the 4th century BC, defeating Raja Purushottama, better known as Porus, a local Hindu king in the Punjab region. Declaring this fact to be absolutely false, we want to suggest the schools to instead teach that it was Porus who had invaded Greece after defeating Alexander. He in fact did not stop at Greece alone, but rather managed to cross all of Europe.

Taj Mahal was built by a Hindu merchant

The pride of India and one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is falsely believed to have been built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Rather, it was the creation of a local Hindu merchant in honour of his mistress. Of course, there was temple inside the structure.

Dara Shukoh defeated Aurangzeb

The much hated Mughal ruler Aurangzeb had actually never succeeded to the throne. It was his elder brother Dara Shukoh who came out victorious in the battle of succession. A believer of secularism and religious syncretism, he drew inspiration from Vedas and Upanishads. HIs indepth knowledge of Hindu scriptures provided him with the strength to get rid of his fanatic brother.

Bahadur Shah Zafar was never exiled

Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was never actually exiled to Rangoon. Rather he and his forces managed to topple the British during the revolt of 1857. Zafar and his lineage have since been referred to as the “Emperors of India”, the country continue to pay homage and Nizami to the Mughal kings.

The East India Company did not win the Battle of Plassey

One of the most crucial battles deciding the fate of India was actually won by the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj ud-Daulah and not the East India Company. The Mughals are still the ruling powers in India and I wonder how most people are going to read this article since obviously English is not known here. The British did not get a taste of their beloved chicken tikka masala and the Kohinoor is definitely lying around somewhere in India. Since the East India Company never won India, naturally the Partition between India and Pakistan did not happen and the two governments are simply pretending to be foes in order to trick the rest of the world.

Please don’t take this seriously.

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    indian
    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    Come on. Really?
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      Kaliyan. V
      Feb 9, 2017 at 4:12 pm
      Alas! These men and women who form the government there are a shame to India (or Bharath, as they prefer!. lt;br/gt;Do they realize that they trample on the sacred words on our nation’s emblem lt;br/gt;and the one piece of teaching of Maandukyopaanishad that is also the motto of our nation?
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        MyTake
        Feb 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm
        One or another ADRIJA Roychowdhury wrote this but chosen to remain anonymous this time!
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          SubbuI
          Feb 9, 2017 at 1:13 pm
          RSS AND BJP WILL APPRECIATE THESE SUGGESTIONS AND MAY TRY REALLY VENTURE IN TO TEXT BOOK ON SAFFRON DICTATOR NALAYAK NMODI'S SECOND TERM
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            Varun
            Feb 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm
            ISIS EXPRESS
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              bluesky
              Feb 28, 2017 at 4:59 am
              shame on this guy
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                ak dev
                Feb 9, 2017 at 1:07 pm
                Indian history definitely needs to include differing views in cases where evidence is not conclusive and people have believed in different stories. It's also true that Indian history has been colored with leftist ideology.
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                  ankur
                  Feb 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm
                  Under impotent Feku G's rule what else could be expected. Just say Bharat Maa and Pita Jee ke jayee, Fake Baba Ramdev ke Jayee, Amit M killer ke jayee, Jootely HJaitley ke jayee, Terror head Bhagwat ke Jayee, Barking Arnwab Gosamai ke jaaee, Gau Maata Ke jayee, Bull Pita ke Jayee, Marg Darshak Mandal ke jayee
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                    ansuman
                    Feb 10, 2017 at 11:18 am
                    why are you afraid of writing your name?. .
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                      Priya
                      Feb 10, 2017 at 4:54 am
                      I shudder when I think that your predictions might actually prove true. In this so-called "post-truth" era, it is difficult to believe anything one reads.
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                        ATUL
                        Feb 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm
                        truth give pain blind bakht and gupt rooge of impotent fekku g. RSS chahdi gang were hand and gloved with britishers, never took part in freedom struglle and now becoming champion of desh bakhti. In fact Traitors
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                          bitterhoney
                          Feb 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm
                          Good work undertaken by BJP govt. True history is being written by Rajasthan govt. Modi is restoring pride to Indians.
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                            Sundar BN
                            Feb 9, 2017 at 3:38 pm
                            Most importantly, DeMo never was a hare brained idea of someone after a very y breakkie ;-)
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                              Benin CM
                              Feb 9, 2017 at 4:32 pm
                              Also you can write the Muslims of India are not of Hindu ancestry but through bred Arabs who spread Islam through peaceful and non violent means in India. You can also write Hindus do not subsidise the mecca trips of the Muslims but rather Muslims who subsidies Hindus pilgrimages to various temples.
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                                SRINIVAS Manur
                                Feb 9, 2017 at 12:27 pm
                                You chose to write a satire on the fallacy of history involving Rana Pratap and Akbar;lt;br/gt;Why nothing on Rani Padmini and the making of Padmavati by the ic bollywood filmmaker Bansali?
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                                  Jagdish singh
                                  Feb 9, 2017 at 2:17 pm
                                  But believe me, some 'bhakts' might be really taking it seriously
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                                    Fred Smith
                                    Feb 9, 2017 at 1:19 pm
                                    Tum rehne do beta. Tumse na ho paayega
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                                      stranger
                                      Feb 9, 2017 at 2:42 pm
                                      if we write and teach history of the zombie riding 7th ad pedophile and his murderous followers then that will solve all our problems in future, any so called JNU marked historians that have courage to debate that only have right to comment on any other perceived or real distortion.
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                                        iftiindian
                                        Feb 9, 2017 at 1:51 pm
                                        Sir, the real history of haldighati is that, Ranapratap defeated Akbar the great and crowned Modi as emperor and he himself disappeared in the mountains. It has been 441 years since then Modi is ruling india.
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                                          Imran Sayyed
                                          Feb 9, 2017 at 12:41 pm
                                          Sab ko maloom hai jannat ki haqeeqat lekin, dil ko bahlane ke liye khayal accha hai.
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                                            Pitambar Sharma
                                            Feb 9, 2017 at 1:29 pm
                                            Indian Express routinely distorts facts to suit its leftist philosophy and is doing so again. Do you get paid by ISI or you are doing it for free because you have no sense of self worth.
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