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How communists suppress facts

How communists suppress facts

Author: Ashoke Dasgupta
Publication: Organiser
Date: January 9, 2005
URL: http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=59&page=31

Marxists, being the Marxists they are, neither can write nor tolerate factual and objective history. The Marxist ideologue observes the world through the pipeline of 'ism'. Hence, he is prone to narrate history in such a way that suits the pursued creed and political regimentation. History and political science textbooks in West Bengal suffer from such incorrigible, turbid treatment of the Marxists.

The degree course (B.A.) history syllabi may be observed next; presently only ten instances from the Secondary and Higher Secondary syllabi may be mentioned.

* The approved textbook, *to start with the 'Middle Age' of Indian history, states: 'The petty kingdoms that arose towards the end of the ancient period were wiped out and a centralised monarchy and system of government was established under the Delhi Sultans.' A wrong statement is cunningly placed to denote (a) the state-management policies and skills of Hindu India are matters of the 'ancient period' only; (b) centralised monarchy and system of governance were introduced in India by the Turk Sultans only; (c) the described definition of 'petty kingdoms' exhibits a mindset to malign the people of the land and to put under carpet the fact that the Delhi Sultans-the Turks-were the foreigners, invaders and imperialists. Such textbooks could also justify British power that 'wiped out' the 'petty kingdoms' of Nawabs and decimated the Mughals in India. Marxists were born and bred by British schemes and they have innate feelings for the speech Stanely Baldwin made in Britain's House of Commons in 1929, ".Ages and ages ago there sat, side by side, the ancestors of the English, Rajputs and Brahmins. Now, after ages. God said to the British, I have again brought you and the Indians together after a long separation." Cunning imperialists and the Marxists speak in the same inimical way!

The textbook also states:

* 'The coming of the Turks was marked by an urban revolution in India'. Could any statement be more fallible than this one? No, irreverent talks can't be a part of 'history'.

* 'India became isolated from the rest of the world towards the end of the ancient period. But from the 10th century onwards, India restored her contacts with outside world.' The false, motivated preaching is obviously from British tutelary who promoted such history-writing to justify British accomplishments in 18th-century India!

* 'Trade and commerce had declined from 8th century a.d. From 10th century they were revived under Sultani rule.' Sultani rule in 10th century India! Sultani rule-Balban, Alauddin, Muhammad Tughlaq-all brutally collected more than 50 per cent of the produce of the land besides other taxes and discrimina-tions.

* Where to did the wanton exploitation drag the people? The textbook writer himself pens: 'The tax collectors forced the ryots to pay their taxes irrespective of their misery and many people died of starvation, many others left the villages and homes and became either beggars or dacoits.' Where stands, then, the blunt statement quoted in the previous point given above?

Further tutorial conclusive statements are:

* West Bengal indoctrination through textbooks.

* 'The social democracy of Islam influenced the Hindu society. Caste rule became mild. Islam contributed to the rise of the Bhakti cult'.

* 'Romila Thapar has pointed out that Ashoka was not truly non-violent. He did not dissolve his army, nor did he return Kalinga to the people of Kalinga'.

* 'According to Dr R.S. Sharma, Harsha failed to check the growth of feudalism in India'.

* 'Lakshmana Sena was responsible for his downfall as he divided the people by his caste divisions and religious orthodoxy'.

* 'The hatred of the upper class for the lower classes could not save the ruling upper class from the invading Turks'. Such rubbish rubbles are the 'history' and these flotsams are not exhaustive but spoonfuls from the bowl of history textbooks in West Bengal. Pseudo-secular 'historians' are so much indebted to British historians that they are basically the echo of imperialist Anglo-Saxon voice on Indian history. Well, 'history' should be 'a serpent under the flower'!

* History of India (for Classes IX & X) by Provatansu Maity, recommended by West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, continues from 1987 to 2004. The quotes are from pp 48,71,76,101 of the 2003 edition of the textbook.

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