रविवार, 3 फ़रवरी 2013

History: Facts or Opinion?

From "Mahabharat ki ek Saanjh" by Bharat Bhushan Agarwal (based on memory not exactly word by word but meaning is intact)

Duryodhan Said to Pandava: History is always written by victors, and they write only one side of story making them heroes and others villain. The coming generation will know what you ask the historian to write and what you want them to know. Obviously you will make villain and reason for Mahabharat. Everyone knows as per rules of society in dwapar yug, I should be king, still you killed all my brother, friends and myself too, still you will remain heroes!

Shouldn't all history have view and counter view and let the reader decide what is right and wrong instead of forcing one's opinion as facts.

PS: Mahabharat is just taken as an example and there is no intention of hurting anyone's religious sentiments.

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