INVITING AUTHORS to focus on the stories of Indian kings who staved off foreign invaders, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday that ‘history cannot be created by government’ but “is built on real incidents that took place” – and called for initiatives to present history in its “true form”.

Lamenting that many battles fought by Indian kings against the invaders have been forgotten, Shah said these battles, such as those fought by the Ahom kings in Assam and the Marathas led by Chhatrapati Shivaji, enabled India to reach where it is now.

Shah said now no one can stop the process of writing about these battles for the next generation. “It is a fact that some have twisted the story. They wrote down everything they had to do. But who can stop us… no one can stop us. History is not created by governments but built on real events,” the top BJP leader said when releasing the book “Maharanas: A Thousand Year War for Dharma,” written by Omendra Ratnu, an ENT surgeon from Jaipur.

According to Shah, efforts to bring out the facts through new history books should be “bigger and more intense than those who spread lies” so that they “can be effective”.

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The RSS and the BJP have always maintained that history books in India were written by leftist authors who they say ignored the contributions of Hindu kings and kingdoms.

Shah previously urged filmmakers to focus on unsung heroes. In April, he was present at an event to mark the screening of “Vidrohi”, a television series based on the life of Odia freedom fighter Buxi Jagabandhu. Last week he attended a special screening of Samrat Prithviraj, a film about Prithviraj Chauhan.

On Friday, Shah warned that while books like “Maharanas”, which talks about “the resistance of the Mewar kings for 1,000 uninterrupted years to Islamic invaders”, will spark debates through which young people will learn about the “glorious past” of the India, it will take a long time for them to settle.

“If we start researching and writing history, it will spark debates and the younger generation will start discussions. But it’s a long journey… Many important events have been forgotten as the dust of time has fallen on them. We must dig them up and present them to the people to wake up society,” he said.

Shah urged authors to write about dynasties like the Pandyas, Ahoms, Chalukyas, Mauryas, Guptas, etc., because those who wrote the history “neglected” and “didn’t take the bother” to write about them.

“There are no reference books either. I mean, give up commenting on it but write on it to bring out the real story in front of people. This will gradually wipe out the story, which we consider to be false,” he said, adding that a number of authors are currently working in this direction.

Shah said that although the government has launched initiatives to document “real history”, the exercise will only be successful when the company makes it a mission.

“If Veer Savarkar had not been there, I can tell you that the truth about 1857 would not have been revealed…revolutions, which could have been defeated at that time, have the potential to awaken society and the people. Padmavati’s sacrifice had given energy to women and men to live their lives, holding their heads high… Documenting history is important because the outcome of events or revolts is irrelevant… it has to be weighed on the impact it has on people,” he said.

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“The invaders put an end to the language, culture and traditions of the regions they attacked, but they had to stop here in India…I can proudly say that anyone who had fought for India and had sacrificed himself for India would rest in peace now because we do proud after so many years,” he said.


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