6 times more ‘Puranas’ in hand, RSS puts 100 on job for new history

Apart from a version based on Puranas, Sangh plans history of all dists, tribes

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Published:August 18, 2014 1:38 am
At office of Sangh-linked ABISY in Delhi. (Shyamlal Yadav) At office of Sangh-linked ABISY in Delhi. (Shyamlal Yadav)

As part of grand preparations for its centenary in 2025, the RSS is working on writing a version of Indian history based on the Puranas. The 10-year project has been dubbed ‘Puranantargat Itihaas’.

The Sangh is also planning to put together the history of each one of the over 670 districts in the country, as well as the history of the over 600 tribal communities in India.

An organisation linked to the RSS, the Akhil Bharatiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojna (ABISY), has arranged a workshop for over 100 historians in Palampur (Banaskantha, Gujarat) on August 22-24 for its Puranantargat Itihaas project. The historians called are mostly professors of history in various universities associated with the ABISY and its office-bearers.

The ABISY has also established a Bharatiya Puran Adhyayan Sansthan (Indian Institute of Purana Studies) on the premises of the RSS headquarters at Keshav Kunj in Delhi in this regard.

Balmukund Pande, a Sangh pracharak and the organising secretary of the ABISY, said, “The RSS wants to trace Indian historiography to write and see history in the right perspective. History is just history and the Puranas are the main source of history in India.”

The projects were discussed at a meeting of senior RSS leaders last month near Indore.

While the ABISY has been working on Puranantargat Itihaas for the past few years, the project to cover history of districts is a new scheme.

The organisation is planning to tap local historians who can write the history of their districts, providing them all possible help. Said Pande, “I understand it is a tough job but we need such regional and sub-regional history
from the micro level, which is not available. This will be different from the Gazetteers, which are the only prime sources of history in many districts.”

The Gujarat conference would be followed up by meetings at the state level to speed up the district project.
As per the ABISY, it is looking at 106 Puranas, arguing that it is wrong to say that there are just 18 of them. These additional “Puranas”, it claims, were arranged from different libraries, universities and personal collections in India and other countries.

The Puranas are ancient Hindu texts eulogising deities through stories told by one person to another. They cover creation of the universe to destruction and the genealogies of kings, heroes, sages and demigods.

While most of these “Puranas” are reportedly in Sanskrit, some versions are available in translation in local languages, the ABISY said. For example, the Skanda Purana has been found in full in Bangla. A part of it is recited as Satyanarayan Katha.

Said Pande, “Along with writing Indian history based on the Puranas, we have started indexing over 8.50 lakh shlokas from them. We are working to publish a 100-volume encyclopaedia on the Puranas.”

The ABISY was started in 1994 as a frontal organisation of the RSS. Prior to that, it worked under other names in some states.

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    DDMisra
    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:17 am
    If possible, please spare some time to critically read the post “End of Indomania” atlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;and the web site referred at the end of the post. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I am eagerly waiting for your critical comments on every link.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Please do not be misguided by the praise of Sanskrit in the picture.
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      Inder RS
      Aug 22, 2014 at 9:57 am
      I know you are hurt !! but plenty of Indians like me are happy with this project of RSS. Its the need of the hour to teach the new generation the truth. BTW we have been taught History lessons written by Goras or their Indian stooges over by & cigar :)
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        Wakao
        Aug 18, 2014 at 6:01 am
        Very Good intiative!
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          allan Shringi
          Aug 25, 2014 at 2:03 am
          we should not waste time to convince fools who doesn't even know the meaning of History
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            Babu
            Aug 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm
            A Great effort. I pray to God that it concludes with g success since it will be a boon to humanity.
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              Joby Joseph
              Aug 18, 2014 at 11:20 am
              We are giving compeion to US at least in one thing.
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                Joby Joseph
                Aug 18, 2014 at 4:41 pm
                We are giving compeion to the midwest US at least in one aspect.
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                  Seshagiri Rao Devaguptapu
                  Aug 18, 2014 at 3:09 am
                  Excellent effort. They should take help from the Vedic pundits and Sanskrit professors in the universities and Sanskrit collages. Apt of books have been digitized in digital library of India and in UK and USA.
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                    IndiannotAmused
                    Aug 18, 2014 at 3:10 am
                    maybe the marxist-colonialist version of indian historiography is going to have serious compeion this time.....good luck....
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                      Nilesh Gharge
                      Aug 18, 2014 at 1:28 pm
                      A commendable task undertaken to compile historical episodes based on ancient Indian text. Good luck to the team.
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                        Shashi Kiran
                        Sep 5, 2014 at 11:12 am
                        Yes you Converts did give the US Evangelicals a compeion during UPA's Christian Rule.
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                          Abdullah
                          Aug 18, 2014 at 7:02 am
                          Dangerous. Looks like self destruction
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                            Rajesh Raja Sekhar
                            Sep 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm
                            What is Hindutva? Is it same as islamic/Christian countries treat others(/and women) low??
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                              Mallikarjun Iyyer
                              Aug 23, 2014 at 10:13 am
                              Encyclopedia Puranica: New Library Series :)
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                                Mallikarjun Iyyer
                                Aug 23, 2014 at 10:15 am
                                r they including donglachaku purana?
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                                  mona Rajput
                                  Aug 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm
                                  I'm so glad I'll get to learn about real Indian history finally!
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                                    Indian
                                    Aug 18, 2014 at 3:49 am
                                    Media traders at work.... RSS doing what had to be done 50 year back, we need g narrative of India like other nations an, China, England & many more........ Happy to see RSS doing it for India. we don't need certificate from media traders & West countries.
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                                      NMAS
                                      Aug 18, 2014 at 8:29 am
                                      Om Shanti, at last awakening taking place in Hinduism, to make Hinduism great first we have to convert our society into matriarchal, it was during pre-vedic and vedic perid. Patriarchal society is for Jews, Christian and Muslim. America, Africa and Asia continent always have Matriarchal society. It is mother who is creator and preserver not father. We changed to dowry and arrested females freedom due to Muslims and Christians Barbaric Customs of violations of females and killings, Both religions are tainted with Blood and violence. How can people adhered to such horrible religions, where there is no liberties to think. Both have UNI-God while we Hindus are basically democratic where everyone is free to worship. That is only exist in Hinduism. Only our cancer is Cast system, initially it was coined for Division of Labors to specialized workforce, but our Brahamin cl become Demon and for their benefit did more worst to Hinduism. Living in Christian and Muslim countries and married to Catholic, You come to know how great is Hinduism how tolerate we are. You come to know how Christians and Muslims killed and eliminate so much ancients cultures. How these two religions are considered them great, Just look how Christian killed in 2nd WW Jews, Thanks we have RSS to shield Hindus and it cultures.But Indian is infected with Traitors English Speaking Congress allies who helped to convert during last 50 years North Eastern Indian Hindus in Christians and lot of Muslims from money. I am married to Catholic but never ever tried to convert her to Hindu, but automatically she learned all Hindus cultures deeply she does all Hindu Pujas. She is more profound in Hinduism than our English speaking Hindu Females of India. She learned every Hindus Festival from Internet and tell me when is Ganesh Puja, Shivratri, Durga pooja and Sarswasti puja, But our converted Hindus into Christians and Muslims, they disrespect their own Cultures heritage and their Genes, Whatever they convert into but they will be always Hindus. In w Christians and Muslims countries, they say they are secular but it is not true, In schools, Hospital, Airports their is always Cross and Oratory. How these people can claim they are Secular. We Hindu by nature secular, therefor this word does not exit to show hippocracy of Christians and Muslims. Since this word was invented during French revolution to give equality to all. I read few days before some writer wrote that Nehru said that there is no equvillant word in Sanskrit and Hindi, Nehru and his family (Ferozshaw Ghandi ) was the most ignorant and top cl first criminal Indian. They only ruined India. He was stupid man he was/is responsible for the elimination of Hindus(all Indian Religions) Indira Ghandi created the deliberately created Kahlistan problem, and after Killing Innocent Sikhs. All Nehru family and congress must be eliminate from India for its real progress both in culturally , morally and economically. Om shanti
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                                        Opi
                                        Aug 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm
                                        At least somebody is taking pride in our cultural past. Look at the Chinese, who are busy glorifying their past and why not. The Macaulay Putras and pseudo intellectuals in India have no pride of their own and have sold their soul to the west.
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                                          papaba
                                          Aug 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm
                                          At last we will become aware of things that were factually true
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                                            ramesh
                                            Aug 18, 2014 at 7:29 am
                                            Appreciate the initiative. But it may be dubbed by many as hindutva agenda. Hope they complete it.
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