Navaratna S. Rajaram
It is now widely recognized that Indian history has been distorted. The public too is gradually becoming aware of this fact. At first, it was blamed on the British rulers, who distorted Indian history to divide the people of India so it would be easy to rule. There is truth in this. Lord Macaulay who created the modern Indian education system, explicitly stated that he wanted Indians to turn against their own history and tradition and take pride in being loyal subjects of their British masters. In effect, what he envisaged was a form of conversion— almost like religious conversion. It was entirely natural that Christian missionaries should have jumped at the opportunity .


Historians Versus History
Ram Swarup
The phrase “re-writing of history” leaves a bad taste in the mouth and it is offensive to our sense of truth. Recent instances of rewriting have not helped to improve the image of the task and they inspired little confidence. In most cases one did not know where legitimate rewriting ended and forgery began. In practical terms, it has meant that history is written to support the latest party line, or the latest dictator.

What does, therefore, the rewriting of history mean? How far can we go in that direction? Does it mean saying good-bye to all sense of truth and objectivity, or does it mean only restoring some neglected truths and perspective?

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"Eminent Historians of India" by Arun Shourie
  • Part I
  • Part II
  • (*) Edmund Leach on Racism & Indology by Subhash Kak
    Historians Versus History (Chapter 6 of “Hindu Temples, What Happened to Them”, Vol. I) by Ram Swarup
    Western Indology versus the Indic Cultures (Chapter II.7 of the book “Hinduism and the Clash of Civilizations) by David Frawley
    (*) The Axis of Neo-colonialism by Rajiv Malhotra
    (*)The Uses (and Misuses) of Psychoanalysis in South Asian Studies by Alan Roland
    (*)Could the Emperor be Just Buck Naked? by V. Chandrasekhar
    (*) RISA Lila by Rajiv Malhotra
  • Part I : Wendy'’s Child Syndrome
  • Part Ia : The Insider/Outsider Academic Game
  • Part II : Limp Scholarship and Demonology
  • (*) The Groan: Loss of Scholarship and High Drama in South Asian Studies by Yvette R. Rosser
  • Part I
  • Part II
  • Part III
  • Part IV
  • Part V
  • (*) Women and Hinduism in U.S. Textbooks by Dave Freedholm
    Aryans and Ideology by Koenraad Elst
    Tortured Souls Create Twisted History by Navaratna Rajaram
    What is the Aryan Migration Theory by Vishal Agarwal
    (*) Taking Back Hindu Studies by Dr. Shrinivas Tilak
    Satish Chandra
    Satish Chandra's Medieval India (NCERT 2000) by Meenakshi Jain (MS Word)
    Gargi Chakravarty (A Marxist Historian in India)
    Why Pushyamitra was more secular than Ashoka by Koenraad Elst
    Paul Courtright
    When the Cigar becomes a Phallus (Part I and II)
    A review of "Ganesa, Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings" (OUP, 1985) by Vishal Agarwal and Kalavai Venkat
    (*) Courtright Twist and Academic Freedom by Sankrant Sanu
    Wendy Doniger
    The Gita in Today's World by Michel Danino
    (*) Are Hinduism Studies Prejudiced? A Look at Microsoft Encartaby Sankrant Sanu
    Richard Eaton
    Vandalism Sanctified by Scripture by Koenraad Elst
    The Details about Hindu Iconoclasm by Koenraad Elst
    Thomas Blom Hansen
    A Review of "The Saffron Wave: Democracy and Hindu Nationalism in South Asia" by Koenraad Elst
    Irfan Habib
    Denial of History by Sandhya Jain
    Hans Heinrich Hock
    The Official Pro-Invasionist Argument at Last
    A review of Invasionist Arguments in J. Bronkhorst and M.M. Deshpande's (eds.) by Koenraad Elst
    Kancha Ilaiah
    A Critical Look at Why I am not a Hindu by M. V. K. Sastry
    D. N. Jha
    Communalisation of History by D. N. Jha by Vinod Kumar
    The Ayodhya Evidence Debate
    Part I and Part II by Koenraad Elst
    Jeffrey Kripal
    (*) India and Her Traditions: A Reply to Jeffrey Kripal By S. N. Balagangadhara
    (*) Kali's Child Psychological and Hermeneutical Problems by Prof. Somnath Bhattacharyya
    (*) Kali's Child Revisited by Swami Tyagananda
    (*) Love's Child: The Way of the Gods by Antonio T. de Nicolas
    Vishnu on Freud's Desk A Review and Summary by Vishal Agarwal
    Rajesh Kochhar
    The Rigveda in Afghanistan? A Review of Rajesh Kochhar's "The Vedic People by Koenraad Elst
    (*) A Review of Vedic People Their History and Geography” by K. Chandra Hari
    B.N. Pande
    Why did Aurangzeb demolish the Kashi-Vishvanath Temple By Koenraad Elst
    Asko Parpola
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    Bernard Sergent
    The Genesis of India according to Bernard Sergent by Koenraad Elst
    R. S. Sharma
    The Ayodhya Debate: Focus on the No Temple Evidence by Koenraad Elst
    The Ayodhya Evidence Debate.
    Part I and Part II by Koenraad Elst
    Brian K. Smith
    Discussion of B. K. Smith's Classifying the Universe By Vidhyanath Rao
    Romila Thapar (Professor Emeritus, Centre for Historical Studies, JNU - New Delhi)/td>
    Harsha of Kashmir A Hindu Iconoclast? by Koenraad Elst
    India - Another Millennium? by Sanjay Garg
    Prof. Thapar and the Kluge Chair - An Open letter of protest to the LOC;
    [For a Word version (slightly different), click here] ; [PDF] by Vishal Agarwal
    Questionnaire for the Marxist Professors (Appendix IV of Hindu Temples, What Happened to Them, Vol. II) by Sita Ram Goel
    Review of Ancient India, Class VI NCERT History Textbook (MS Word). [For PDF version, click here] by Vishal Agarwal
    Review of "Medieval India", Class VII NCERT History Textbook by M. Pramod Kumar
    A Review of Romila Thapar's Early India (2002, 2003) ; [MS-WORD ; PDF ] by Kalavai Venkat
    Review of Romila Thapar's Somanatha, The Many Voices of a History(Penguin 2004), by Meenakshi Jain
    Michael Witzel (Wales Professor of Sanskrit, Harvard University)
    Petty Professorial Politicking in The Indo-Aryan Controversy
    Alas, Panini was not a German! By V. Swaminathan
    The Aryan Invasion Theory and Scholarship (in PDF) by Nicholas Kazanas
    Addendum to AIT and Scholarship: A Reply to Professor Witzel(in PDF)
    by Nicholas Kazanas (prefaced with a 4 page communication with Vishal Agarwal)
    Aryan Migration Theory Fabricating Literary Evidence by Vishal Agarwal
    A Haughty Dismissal by Harvard Professor Michael Witzel By Shrikant Talageri
    Michael Witzel : An Examination of his Review of My Book by Shrikant Talageri
    Michael Witzel : An Examination of Western Vedic Scholarship (Chapter 9 of Shrikant Talageri's book
    Rigveda : A Historical Analysis by Shrikant G. Talageri
    Panini's Grammar, Sayanacharyas Vedabhaashyas & Michael Witzels Philology by V. Swaminathan
    Panini's Understanding of Vedic Grammar : A Response to Daniel Baum and Michael Witzel By V. Swaminathan
    A Postscript to A New Date for the Rigveda (in PDF) by Nicholas Kazanas
    A Reply to Ein Fremdling im Rgveda (JIES 2003, issue 1-2) ; (MS Word) by Vishal Agarwal
    A Reply to Frontline's Cover Story by Michel Danino
    The Rigveda Samhita in Uttamapatala by Vishal Agarwal
    Rigvedic Town and Ocean: Witzel vs. Frawley by Nicholas Kazanas
    Witzel's Vanishing Ocean - How to Interpret the Vedic Texts Anyway you Want (MS Word) by David Frawley
    Robert Zydenbos
    A Case Study in AIT Polemic (Section 1.4 of Koenraad Elst's book "Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate" By Koenraad Elst