The RSS has now pitched for institutionalised programmes of war studies in India to ensure that the war history is properly documented. An editorial in the latest issue of its mouthpiece Organiser noted that “even after 50 years” of the 1965 war, “there are claims and counter-claims about the outcome…not because Pakistan says so” but because “we are not particular about our war histories”.
The Organiser editorial noted that while top universities in the US and Britain had centres for war studies, “China, believing in the art of War, went ahead and has centre for Cold War Studies also”. It added that in India, except some institutions attached with the defence establishment, “there is no attempt to systematically study wars”.
Slamming ‘secular pacifists’, who might consider war studies as “war mongering”, the editorial said that the discipline is an important exercise in the journey of a nation.
“We never studied the war histories with objective Bharatiya sources, hence this defeatist self-perception,” it said, stressing on the need to introduce war studies in regular curriculum.
The RSS publication lamented that “unfortunately, we have learnt most of our history from the British and the anglicised intellectuals” as the “colonial prism distorted our civilisational past”.
Arguing that foreign invaders ranging “from Alexander to Moguls had faced beatings from Bharatiya kings”, even those who lost, put up a brave fight against aggression”, the article claimed that “we lost because of our benevolence, complacency or personal rivalries.”
The editorial asserted that without a participatory approach involving the society, “real national defence cannot be assured”.