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Nehru distorted the history of India’s freedom struggle, says Kannada novelist S. L. Bhyrappa


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By NewsGram Staff Writer

“Nehru wanted R.C.Majumdar to write a book titled History of Freedom of India. There was an attempt to distort the history through this book. Following this, Majumdar refused to write the book stating that a historical book must be based on research. Nehru then got Taranath to write the book,” revealed S.L. Bhyrappa according to a report published in “Kannada Prabha,” a Kannada daily.

S.L. Bhyrappa is a popular Kannada novelist who has written more than 20 novels including two historical novels “Saartha” and “Aavarana,” an autobiography and a few essays on philosophy. Last Saturday evening, while speaking at the inauguration function of “Mathana” organized by Kuvempu Cultural Education Trust, Chikamagaluru, Karnataka, Bhyrappa also stated that Nehru was a committed communist. These revelations are bound to create controversy again.

Previously, Bhyrappa was in controversy over his book “Aavarana” that reveals the extent of damage caused by the invasion of India by Islamic rulers. The book gives detailed historical references for various facts and figures cited in the book. This had created huge controversy.

While speaking about the Swadeshi Movement, Bhyrappa attributed its rise to the message of Ahimsa given by Swami Vivekananda in Bengal around 1890. He further stated that without Subhas Chandra Bose, India would not have attained Independence. Speaking about the difference between Western Philosophy and Indian Philosophy, Bhyrappa pointed out that, while the Western philosophy revealed truths about outside world and laid stress on rational thought, the Indian Philosophy is rooted in Vedas and dwells deep into human life, its problems and its secrets. Though common people cannot understand Vedas, the message of Vedas has reached everyone through Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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10 Facts about Vedic India map that you probably didn’t know

The Iron Age of India

Map of Vedic India. Wikimedia commons
Map of Vedic India. Wikimedia commons

Also known as the ‘heroic age’, Vedic Age was the one which laid down the basic foundations of Indian civilization.

A period between 1500 BCE to 500 BCE, this is when early Hinduism emerged and so did the caste system. Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about the Vedic India map.

1. The kingdoms in the Vedic India map are same as those of the epic Mahabharata.

The Pandavas were from Kuru kingdom, whereas Draupadi was from Panchala. The antagonist of the Epic, Shakuni, was from the kingdom of Gandhar.

2. This was the time when the Vedas were composed.

The Rigveda, Mantra texts, Samhita texts, and important Brahmana literature were composed around this time.

3. A Vedic map is a transformed version of India after the Indus Valley Civilization.

Most of Indus Valley Civilization was situated in present-day Pakistan. However, the next civilization which came i.e. Vedic civilization was situated around the Gangetic plains.

Mahaveer Swami was part of post-vedic movements against orthodoxy. Pexels
Mahaveer Swami was part of post-Vedic movements against orthodoxy. Pexels

4. The Himalayas, then, were known as Himavani.

The Himalayas have played a major role in India since forever, same was with Vedic India. However, they were known as Himavani then.

5. Vedic India wasn’t a country with ‘specific boundaries’.

Not until 1947 did India had it’s clearly defined borders. It all was based on which ruler is in power.

6. The later Vedic period was the ‘Iron Age’ of India.

Under the rule of King Parikshit, the realm turned towards the Iron Age. Parikshit was the grandson of Arjuna, the protagonist of Mahabharata.

7. Caste system was not based on birth, but capability.

Unlike, the medieval caste system, ancient India caste system at the time when it was originated wasn’t based on birth. It was based on the capability of a person.

The Vedas were composed in Vedic period. Wikimedia commons
The Vedas were composed in the Vedic period. Wikimedia Commons

8. The Kingdoms on the western side of the map are Harappan archaeological sites.

Gandhar, Madra, Sindhu etc, in present-day Pakistan, are archaeological sites where Harappan artifacts have been excavated.

9.  The end of the Vedic period saw the rise of the Mahajanapada’s.

Mahajanapada and Shramana were movements which challenged Vedic orthodoxy.

10. Some say Vedic India was the result of migration of Indo-Aryans.

Since Indo-Aryans were the ones who composed the Vedas.