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The former chief of RSS K.S. Sudarshan inaugurating a seminar on history and culture of the Vijayanagar Empire at Hosahalli near Shimoga on Saturday.
The former chief of RSS K.S. Sudarshan inaugurating a seminar on history and culture of the Vijayanagar Empire at Hosahalli near Shimoga on Saturday.

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There is a need to rewrite Indian history, says Sudarshan

SHIMOGA: The former chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) K.S. Sudarshan on Saturday said that even after 60 years of Independence, people of the country continued to be influenced by western culture.

Speaking after inaugurating a two-day regional seminar on the history and culture of the Vijayanagara Empire organised by the Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Samiti of Karnataka at Hosahalli, about 5 km from here, he said that the British, who ruled the country for two centuries, tried to degrade Indian culture.

They were influential in twisting the history of this land to their whims and fancies, he said. Mr. Sudarshan said: “Though the British quit India, their illusions in our minds are still intact.”

Pride

He said that they curbed the growth of Sanskrit, which was the national pride, by implementing the Macaulay report on education which went against the interests of national cultural values.

He said the British were against the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and chose to interpret them as mere fictions, contending that the episodes in them never took place.

Mr. Sudarshan said that there was a need to take up an in depth study on the Sanatana Hindu dharma which had rooted deeply in the national history and culture.

He suggested that there was also a need to rewrite the Indian history to set right the distortions by the British.

He said if it was possible for English to emerge as a powerful language at the national level causing an impediment to the growth of other regional languages, it was because of the policy of the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

He said that his suggestion for continuation of the medium of instruction in English for the first 10 years after Independence and introduction of regional languages thereafter was never implemented at all for want of willpower.

Archaeologist and chairman of the Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Samiti of Karnataka A. Sundara made the introductory remarks.

Chief of the Bharatiaya Itihasa Sankalana Samiti of Mumbai Haribhau Vaze, Srinivas Padigar and Degulkar were among those present.

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