Indian History Should Be Written From India’s Point Of View: Home Minister

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KASHI (Uttar Pradesh): Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said there was a need to rewrite history from the Indian point of view.

He also said the First War of Independence in 1857 would have been regarded as a revolt had it not been for Veer Savarkar, who called it the first freedom struggle.

Shah’s remarks came two days after the Maharashtra BJP unit said in its election manifesto that the party will ask the Centre to confer Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, who is also known as Veer Savarkar.


Amit Shah inaugurated a two-day international seminar in Varanasi on ‘Guptvanshak-Veer: Skandgupta Vikramaditya’ at the Banaras Hindu University.

Referring to eminent historians in the audience and on the dais, he said, “It is my request to all that there is a need to rewrite the Indian history from India’s point of view but without blaming anyone.”

It is our responsibility to write our history. How long are we going to blame the British? We don’t have to dispute the facts, only write what the truth is… what is our point of view, and it will stand the test of time,” the Union Home Minister said.

Shah regretted that today’s generation was not aware of the contributions and valour of Skandgupta Vikramaditya, and many other great Indians, because of lack of documentation.


He said Skandagupta Vikramaditya needed to be brought on top of our history as he fought and won the war which even Rome lost against the alien enemy.

He re-formulated the revenue collection method, administration and municipality, Shah said, adding that it was believed that the Gupta ruler stayed at Ghazipur in this Poorvanchal region and worked from here, he said.

He asked the historians to write the history of 25 such kingdoms and 200 such great personalities who were overlooked by historians. “Forget who wrote what. Don’t get into controversy. Write history from the Indian point of view,” Shah said.

Discussing the Maurya and Gupta dynasties, Shah said both took Indian culture to the great heights across the world.

He said the Indian boundary extended up to Afghanistan during the reign of Skandagupta, which he described as a golden era.

There were world-class facilities in various fields, including military, literature and history, in the Gupta ruler’s time, the home minister said.


The reign of Skandagupta and was the golden era in terms of art. “Literature, military, culture and art were world-class and we should acknowledge it. The country got best astrologers during this period and India was freed of invaders from Kashmir to Kandahar. We need to establish the contribution of Skandagupta to our history,” he said.


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