SYSTEMATIC EFFORTS ARE ON WAY TO DISTORT
HISTORY BY MODERN REAL JAICHANDS
DR K Prabhakar Rao
Entire nation has grown till date learning that Rajput King Prithviraj Chauhan of Thaneswar ( Near Delhi) was betrayed by King Jai chand in his fight against Mahmood Ghori at II nd battle of Tarain ( Tarori) in 1192 . Defeat and slaying of Prithviraj by Ghori resulted in enslaving of India by Muslims that could not be warded off till the Englishmen took over. Episode of Rani samyuktha is well known and love affair between Samyuktha and Prithiviraj was highly resented by Jai chand. However Chauhan managed to carry her away and married her. It is fully believed that this was the most valid reason for the enmity between both of them. There are also legends that Chauhan was captured after his defeat and was blinded and taken to Kabul along with his follower Chand Bhatt and they were confined in a jail. We have also learnt that Jai chand was a coward and he drowned himself in a river fleeing from forces of Ghori. No one believed that he was a hero. As per the ballads, Chauhan killed Ghori using Shabdabhedi arrow in full court when he was asked to prove his prowess with bow and arrow. First Chauhan shot at the bell after hearing the sound of the bell. Ghori shouted Wah.. Wah.. applauding the act. The next arrow like lightening flew from his bow and pierced throat of Ghori killing him on the spot. Later King Chauhan and Chand Bhatt stabbed themselves and committed suicide. It is also learnt that the graves of Chauhan and Ghori exist at Kabul close to each other and visitors ( Mulsims) worship the grave of Ghori while they throw stones and abuses at the grave of Chauhan. They also stab at the grave as vengeance (2).
However NCERT books during 2005 appear to have believed something different. These are govt approved and published books and the new theories can be seen as the deliberate attempts to twist history for the purpose of appeasement of minorities. They stated (3) :-
"Prithviraj Chauhan was a coward who ran away to save his life during the second battle of Tarain with Mohammad Ghauri.""Jaichand (generally believed to be a traitor) was, in fact a 'hero' who gave up his life while fighting the forces of Ghauri."
. According to the new book, there were major political differences between the two kings and Samyukta was not part of it.
Edited by Prof. Satish Chandra, the fifth chapter of the book on Medieval History clearly stated that Prithviraj Chauhan tried to run away from the battle, but was taken prisoner. The book says that when Prithviraj accepted the supremacy of Mohammad Ghauri, the latter allowed him to continue as ruler of Ajmer. Prithviraj was later killed on charges of treason, according to the book, which goes on to say that Jaichand's valour was unmatched and that he was killed while fighting the forces of Ghauri in Kannauj.
This is the "new" history that students of Class 11 would have learnt under the CBSE and ICSE courses. The revised history book, Medieval India History, published by NCERT, demolishes old beliefs and tramples over heroes of history. Can we allow such blatant lies to be told to students? Who are the people behind such actions? Can any one dare to say similar things about minorities in this country? Answer can be guessed by any sane person. This is an important point to ponder over. RSS better wake up.
1.Oxford history of India
2. Save the grave of Prithviraj chauhan, Petition on line, http://www.petitiononline.com/A1910A/petition.html
3.Amit Verma, NCERT: Prithviraj coward, Jaichand hero, http://asianage.com/ - BOTTOMLINE