It’s time to review our history books…

Our history books arefull of details and discussions on Delhi Sultanate, Mughal rulers, Mughal architecture and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Indian freedom struggle. Doesn’t this incomplete and biased history bother you?

Each one of us, despite our dislike for history, remembers the lessons we read in class 9 and 10 in our NCERT history books. They are full of details and discussions on Delhi Sultanate, Mughal rulers, Mughal architecture and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Indian freedom struggle. Doesn’t this incomplete and biased history bother you?


Why do our history books only talk about what Gandhi did? Why don’t we learn about what Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, Chandrashekhar Azad and Maharana Pratap did for the freedom? Most of the history books don’t even mention what Sikhs did for the freedom of India.

Our history books don’t even narrate the story of Battle of Saragarhi which is considered an iconic event when 21 Sikhs faced over 10,000 Pashtuns at Saragarhi and won.


It has been rightly said that History is written by the winners and the winners in Indian History have been foreign invaders. First it were foreign invaders and later the Britishers. Though Britishers were the recent invaders but our history is highly biased in favor of Islamic rulers as they left a very strong legacy and culture in India.


How will our children come to know about the valour and sacrifices of vernacular heroes if our history books don’t even mention that?

Noticing this void, I had requested Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi Ji to direct NCERT to include a chapter on the life of Chaar Sahibzaade (sons of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji were lovingly called Sahibzaade). My request has been accepted and soon our NCERT history books will include a chapter on the story of Chaar Sahibzaade and their unparalleled sacrifice.

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But this is not just about Sikh history or Chaar Sahibzaade. Right now, our youngsters are facing a worse identity crisis and they need to discover their heroes. They should be made aware about countless Bhagat Singhs, Maharana Prataps and Rani Laxmi Bais.

If we do not raise our voice now, our kids will be left to imagine that the only fascinating part of Indian history was centered around Mughals and they will have to read through Google about heroes like Baba Banda Singh Bahadur!


Author: MS Sirsa

A passionate Indian. A devout Sikh. A leader who believes in following the ultimate Guru - Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. A people's representative; MLA Delhi Vidhan Sabha from Rajouri Garden. Man next door; always available to help people in their times of trouble. General Secretary of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee. A truthful speaker. A big fan of Indian Soldiers & Military. Fearless and courageous Indian.

One thought on “It’s time to review our history books…”

  1. Yes it’s time to review our history books. It’s time we get RSS nonsense out of school books saying Sikhs are Hindus and tell the truth that Sikhs are an independent distinct faith. Furthermore it’s time to teach our kids the greatness of our gurus and others who sacrificed for the Sikh Panth. All the Sikhs that sacrificed so that we could be free, but in return got genocide, attack on our faith, destruction of our institutions(Akal Takht, and other gurdwaras in 1984)

    Let’s teach our kids what our gurus taught us. This includes sovereignty as they built their own cities within the Mughal raj and had separate rule. Our gurus fought for equality and Sikh raj not India, which didn’t even become a country until 1947.

    Let’s also teach our kids of the treachery of Sikhs like gulab singh, tej singh, and lal singh who gave away the Sikh kingdom in the 1840’s. In addition the treachery of the Sikh leaders leading up to Indian independence who pissed away opportunities to form a Sikh state when they were offered rule on many occasions by the British.

    Let’s teach our kids about Sikh raj Khalsa Raj.



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