Monday, January 18, 2010

Historians exchange heated arguments - Mysore - City - The Times of India

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    • MYSORE
    • The conference witnessed literary fireworks when a historian presenting his paper on Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, their conquests and
    • defence works, tried to segregate Indian history into Hindu India, Muslim India and British India.

      Historians who remained deeply divided over the subject were seen involved in a heated argument. Things cooled down only when the president of the final session on the final day of the conference and former vice-chancellor of Calicut University K K N Kurup intervened and asked the arguing historians to agree to each other to disagree, and not to make any caustic remarks against each other.
    • Presenting his paper, S K Joshi from Dharwad said Indian history could be divided into Hindu India , Muslim India and British India. He said the Hindu period saw the rise and fall of four great empires Mouryas, Rastrakutas, Palas in the east and Prathiharas in the West and Northwest. Muslim India started from 1000 AD and continued till British came on the scene in the 18th century, he added.

      Recollecting the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, Joshi reportedly suspected the secular credentials of these two Muslim rulers. He went on to say that though Tipu might have bestowed some grants and wealth to Hindu mutts and temples, they were few in numbers. Joshi said most of the forts held by father and son were conquered and not built by them. He alleged Tipu Sultan of renaming many of these forts built by Hindu native rulers after establishing his supremacy on them.

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