Yesterday the students of our college were invited for a live talk show by PTC News and luckily I was one of them. Since these talk shows and and events invoke the slumbering instincts of my journalistic passion, so I looked forward to the show. We reached the studio at 10 and the show started at 11. The panel of speakers were notable historians who had done intensive research on the subject of” distortions in history’
The atmosphere looked peaceful and I let all my imagination do the rounds . We were briefed about the topic and given directions regarding the proceedings of the show. Finally the show started and there was pin drop silence in the studio. The host of the show introduced the panel of the experts namely Mr Hemant Goswami, a researcher in field of history and Miss Sukhmani, from Punjab university. The Start was given by Mr Goswami who blatantly made a remark that most of the instances of history in our Text books has been wrongly cited which leads to the basic misunderstanding of the subject. He said that the history mentioned in our school and college text books has mostly been modified to meet the needs of the then politicians. He cited an example of Raja Ram Mohan Roy saying that, on extensive research I came to know that he was not a Raja at all! Secondly he was an employee of East India Company throughout his life!! A servant of Britishers!! Something I had never heard off!! Further he went on to say that, history speaks at length about two people only Gandhiji and Nehru, in reality there are certain equally remarkable people who have worked for the upliftment of country!!
Other thing that was made the highlight of the day was that Non- Cooperation Movement, which is associated to Gandhiji was not his concept at all. It was first used by Mr Jagjivan Ram 65 years before the movement! There were certain examples which were quoted depicting that how history has been manipulated to serve the nefarious designs of the people in power!!
What pained me was the venomous speech of one of the experts in the panel. From his words it was quite clear that he was pointing fingers at one particular community none other than Muslims!! He said” due to these Muslims” , he was interrupted by the host not to pass offensive remarks!! One expert also said that the rapists were labelled as “Sultans” !! only he knows which Sultan he was referring ..to!! Since I was the only Muslim in the studio it pained me to hear all this!!
I also posed some questions and got unsatisfactory answer! The show ended on the positive note. If the readers want to know about all the details they can see the telecast of show namely ” Chandigarh speaks” on PTC news channel on Sunday at 2.30 P.M. A must watch show for all the students, Historians and Muslims !!
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