When Hindu nationalists ran the government in India, they rewrote the history textbooks to deny non-Hindu influence on India’s culture. Now that they’re out of power, the textbooks are being re-rewritten, reports the Guardian.
The “saffronisation” of history, say critics of the last government, depicted India’s Muslim rulers as barbarous invaders and the medieval period as a dark age of Islamic colonial rule which snuffed out the glories of the Hindu empire that preceded it.
Memorably, one textbook claimed that the Taj Mahal, the Qu’tb Minar and the Red Fort, three of India’s outstanding examples of Islamic architecture, were designed and commissioned by Hindus.
The books denied India’s history of migration, downplayed the evils of the caste system and even neglected to mention that a Hindu nationalist assassinated Mahatma Gandhi in 1948.
Via Brian, who includes a bonus photo of the Taj Mahal. I must learn how to do photos on the blog. Some day.