Part time historian and full time novelist, Dr. Romila Thapar has shed light on an important chapter of Indian History. In a webinar conducted by JNU Historians And ‘Naughty’ Teachers Union or JHANTU, she made certain revelations about the relationship between Shankaracharya and Moinuddin Chisti.
The webinar was on the subject of “Ganga Jamjami Tehzeeb : Our Shared History and Philosophy”. Speaking at the occasion, the secular, marxist, eminent Dr. Thapar said that medieval Hindu philosopher Sankaracharya is considered the doyen of Hindu philosophy. But in reality, he borrows much of his work from Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti of Ajmer.
The Original Hindu reporter, Mr. Gyanchand tried to talk to Dr. Thapar. He asked that based on google, Sankaracharya was born at least 3 centuries before Chisti, so how could Chisti inspire him. Dr. Thapar cryptically replied that “the same way as Ashoka the Great had inspired Yudhisthira of Mahabharata.” According to her, non-historians have no business meddling into such complex issues, which deal with “dialectical materialism” and “evolution of ideas”.
The JHANTU members, including cricket specialist Dr. Ramchandra Guha, have all supported Dr. Thapar on this issue. It must be remembered that Dr. Thapar has made some highly original contributions to fiction writing and has been praised for her blending of facts and fiction in a seamless way. If her readers and audience do find something in her books that is in contradiction to available evidence, it is because they have no appreciation of fine English literature and such creatures are often found to be uncouth, fascist Sanghis.
The new revelation again proves how Mughals and Muslim rulers enriched the Indian history, philosophy and culture. Despite this, it is sad that the Hindutva types do not acknowledge the Mughal rule as golden period and are obsessed with the massacres, rapes and temple destruction committed by Mughals. Such acts are the norm in any revolution and bring profound social changes that lead the country towards progress.
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