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How Romila Thapar became the “mother of ‘distorted’ Indian history”

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration has asked for the curriculum vitae (CV) of renowned historian Romila Thapar to review her status as professor emerita. The authorities have justified the move on the grounds of changes in rules and regulations of the university regarding the continuation of a professor emeritus after turning 75.

This move has stirred a controversy as a section of the academia feels that this is being done to “dishonour the acclaimed historian”, who has been critical of changes in the JNU and for not being on the ‘right’ side of history writing.

So what exactly the right side of history Acc to Romila Thapar let’s see.

it is strange that such remarks are coming from Ms.Thapar, who was famous for silencing any dissenting and truthful voice against their ideological spin on indian history.

Arun Shourie in his book “Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud” has done a beautiful job of exposing the art of disfiguring Indian history as done by leftist historians like Thapar. A sample of this meticulous expose are as follows :

Next to the Pushyamitra fable that he was a persecutor of Buddhist and he was a power hungry brahmana who killed his king, another “evidence” for Hindu persecutions of Buddhism Acc to Romila Thapar, is a passage in Kalhana’s history of Kashmir, the Rajatarangini, Acc to her twisted translation king Harsha is accused of looting and desecrating temples. On her lies being exposed she criticized other historians efforts as  “laughable”, “a joke”, “garbage”.

Her influence as a historian was largely based on repeating the discredited theory of Aryans invading India. As previously proved by NS Rajaram, Ms.Thapar hardly  knows any Sanskrit, let alone Vedic Sanskrit, and her entire research on  India is built around 19th century translations  of Vedas and the Puranas, done mostly by colonial era scholars who gave these a racial interpretation. As expected this theory of the Aryan invasion collapsed under rigourous scientific scrutiny.

It was the publication in 2011 of a path-breaking study that ultimately sealed the fate of the Aryan Invasion or Migration theory…The authors, by analysing genomes of 571 individuals representing 73 ethno-linguistic groups, ruled out Eurasian gene flow during this time period.

The verdict of population genetics was clear, it was pointed out subsequently by the author of the Nature study Dr Lalji Singh himself: “There is no genetic evidence that Indo-Aryans invaded or migrated to India. It is high time we re-write India’s prehistory based on scientific evidence.”

Prof Thapar, though, is dismissive of the overwhelming scientific evidence that Aryan invasion is nothing but a myth. Scientists, have pointed out that the Müllerian Aryan Invasion or the Romilian Aryan Migration  never happened, it was now her turn and her theories were about to be declared garbage.

Another highlight of Ms.Thapar’s career as a historian was her attempt to prove the non-existence of a temple in the disputed site of Ayodhya.

During the 1998-2004 of the BJP government, in 2003, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) employed a large number of Muslims in its excavation of remains in Ayodhya to obstruct the predictable allegation of acting as a Hindu nationalist front.

The findings confirmed those of the excavations in the 1950s, 1970s and 1992. Thatva very large Hindu religious building stood at the site before the Babri Masjid. in 2010 the Allahabad High Court accepted these findings by India’s apex archaeological body.

She had tried to trace the lineage of the modern public intellectual to Shamanic philosophers of ancient India. Prof. Thapar had said that nonBrahminical thinkers of ancient India were branded as Nastikas or non-believers. “I am reminded of the present day where if you don’t accept what Hindutva teaches, you’re all branded together as Marxists,” she had said.

like most of the leftist historians, Ms. Thapar promotes the idea that they are all being oppressed by the Brahminical right wing ideologies, and they are like the  saints of Shamana movement of ancient time.

First and foremost, the word Nastika, is often translated into English as atheism, while it has no such meaning in Indian Philosophy.

Jainism denies a formal  God, but does not deny godly person; every liberated soul is divine.

In Mahayana Buddhism, Bodhisatva is worshipped as God. Even the pro-vedic Sankhya and Mimamsa schools do not believe in God, but they are known as asthika darshanas,  or in Thapar’s terms Brahmanical darshanas. This is because in Indian Philosophy the term Nastika is used for one who does not accept the authority of the Vedas.

Secondly almost all the ancient Indian philosophers like Buddha, Kapila and Charvaka operated in the Vedic framework but did not consider learning the Vedas as a prerequisite to realize the supreme truth.  a famous verse of the Veda explains:

Yatra vedaa aveda

meaning when the Vedic seeker of Truth finally realizes the Truth, the Veda (book/mantras) gets discarded. In that sense the Nastika were more in proximity with the Brahminical thinkers, in contrast to what  Thapar’s claims.

In fact Vidyaranya, the notable 14th century Vedic philosopher, in his Sarvadarshansamgraha, (which discussed all the religious schools of thought within the Hindu structure) dedicated the first chapter to the philosophy of Charvaka and indeed made a very strong argument in favor of materialism.

Last but not the least the so-called Brahmanical sages like Nachiketa, Sulabha and Janaka advanced their viewpoints by questioning and debating unlike the Marxist kind which believes in imposition of untruth and inhibition of truth.

Even after her fraud as an historian  has been busted People like her are be in  the public sphere. They are perfect examples how ideology and political connections can take precedence over the correct interpretation of history.

Romila Thapar is one of the members of the high profile Delhi Urban Heritage Foundation.

As far as the news goes the DHUF has decided to undertake the renovation and landscaping of the historical sites, pertaining to a particular religion.

DHUF  is not interested in the restoration and landscaping of Hindu temples, Jain basadis and a number of Gurudwaras in Delhi which are said to be of historical importance.

And in conclusion we all need to learn from the mistakes of our past and the propoganda driven, ideologically manipulated history which Romila Thapar has penned down,will always be debated and and with every debate true history of India gers unfolded. as the veda says,

“When we churn the veda with a help of debate, then only we can enjoy the knowledge which raises like butter.”

Dr Sindhu Prashanth

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