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“How Can Anybody Change Historical past?” Nitish Kumar Scoffs At Amit Shah Comment

Nitish Kumar has a strained relationship with ally BJP.


In one more snub to ally BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar right this moment mentioned he does not perceive how anybody can change historical past. “Historical past is what it’s, how can anybody change it?” he mentioned when requested to touch upon Residence Minister Amit Shah’s comment that it is time to revisit historical past books as historians have focussed solely on Mughals up to now, ignoring different superb empires.

“Will you modify historical past then? I do not perceive how one can change it. Historical past is historical past,” he mentioned, amused, when a reporter requested what he considered Mr Shah’s suggestion.

Language is a unique challenge however you possibly can’t change the basic historical past, he mentioned when prodded on the Residence Minister’s insistence that Mughals have been given disproportionately extra significance in historical past books.  

Mr Shah had just lately appealed to historians within the nation to resuscitate the glory of the previous for the current, saying that it’ll assist in constructing a brilliant future.

The Residence Minister mentioned that historical past doesn’t rely upon authorities and that “reality comes into existence if historians begin writing appropriate details about those that couldn’t get correct house in historical past”.

Many of the historians in India have given prominence to recording the historical past of Mughals solely, ignoring the wonderful guidelines of many empires like Pandyas, Cholas, Mauryas, Guptas and Ahoms, Mr Shah had mentioned at a latest guide launch.

“I need to inform one thing to the historians. We now have many empires however historians have concentrated solely on the Mughals and wrote principally about them. The Pandya empire dominated for 800 years. The Ahom empire dominated Assam for 650 years. They (Ahoms) had even defeated Bakhtiyar Khalji, and Aurangzeb and stored Assam sovereign. The Pallava empire dominated for 600 years. The Cholas dominated for 600 years.

“The Mauryas dominated the entire nation — from Afghanistan to Lanka for 550 years. The Satvahanas dominated for 500 years. The Guptas dominated for 400 years and (Gupta emperor) Samudragupta had for the primary time visioned a united India and established an empire with the entire nation. However there isn’t a reference guide on them,” he had mentioned.

In what was seen as one other robust message to ally BJP, Nitish Kumar had just lately asserted that there was “no want” for an anti-conversion legislation within the state the place the federal government was “alert” and members of various non secular communities lived in peace.

Prime BJP leaders like Union minister Giriraj Singh have been pushing for an anti-conversion legislation.

Mr Kumar’s strained relationship with the BJP, which he has many ideological variations with, has turn into more and more public as he fights to carry his floor towards the aggressive ally. Mr Kumar has not been on the identical web page with the BJP on points such because the Ram temple in Ayodhya, abrogation of Article 370, Uniform Civil Code, triple talaq, NRC and legislative measures for inhabitants management.

Even on the difficulty of caste census, regardless that the BJP has come on board now Mr Kumar confronted nice resistance initially.

BJP leaders, together with some ministers within the cupboard, have been alleging that many “Rohingyas” and “Bangladeshis” have sneaked into Bihar and care should be taken to not legitimise their keep by together with them within the state-level headcount of castes.


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