From: ramnath narayanan
During my pretty long life, I have listened to many lectures on Indian history and read many books on the subject, but I have never watched such a breathtaking view on 'How Much Of Indian History Is
Really True?' as presentd by Sanjeev Sanyal who is an economist, an Eisenhower Fellow and Rhodes Scholar.
When you switch on the video, please ignore the first few minutes of the introduction by some one who does not seem to be very clear. Once you get over that phase, you are in for an amazing lecture. Sanjeev talks about many important facts of Indian history I never knew about. He talks about Maharajah Marthanda Varma of Travancore and the Battle of Colachel in which the Dutch were decisively defeated. I knew this part of history because I belong to Travancore, but few Indians know about it. He presents a totally different perspective of Emperor Ashoka based on the facts of history.
It becomes clear that much of Indian history that we all have read is bunkum!
Video: 'How Much Of Indian History Is Really True?' By Sanjeev Sanyal
20 Jan, 2016
"As long as the lions do not have a story-teller, history will always glorify the hunter." Playing the story-teller for India, Sanjeev Sanyal presents a case for a revamped version of Indian history through this informative video.
One of Asia's leading economists, best-selling author of Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India's Geography, Eisenhower Fellow and Rhodes Scholar, Sanjeev Sanyal addressed a gathering at the Press Club of India. In it, he highlighted the need, and presented the case for a revamped, Indian version of Indian history.
Discussing cases ranging from that of Mahmud Ghazni to the lesser known history of the Battle of Colachel, he voiced concerns plaguing many minds regarding India's pre-colonial history that has been doled out in history books. Emphasizing constantly on the need and importance of hard evidence as opposed to interpretations and opinions, he presented sound arguments to back his stand regarding the much-needed version of Indian history- 'our version', instead of the conquerors'. An interesting case with respect to the history of 'Ashoka the Great' along with a plausible explanation for its presentation as such, was presented as well.
This video would be time well spent for those seeking the other side of Indian history.
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