Dr Rajendra Prasad Singh is a professor of Hindi language, a internationally renowned linguist, modern writer and social thinker. He has written total of 26 books on language, grammar & ancient history of India from the lense of Buddhist or Bahujans.
Book Review of Itihas ka muayana (इतिहास का मुआयना) is totally based on the understanding of reader. this book is gives a new perspective to a total of 262 such things, which can more or less said to unveil 262 abusrd myths. It also provides us a brand new perspective of looking at history once again. As it’s been ingrained in our Psyche since our childhoods, that the Sanskrit language is the ancient or primitive. That it has been the mother of all languages. That the Puranas are very ancient. We are taught that in ancient as well as in contemporary period, India is seen as the world’s teacher (विश्वा गुरु). However, the precise reason being behind the case is not yet clear. Even somehow, in bits and pieces we tend to research the basis of claimed assertion (i.e. India being world’s teacher). It simply traced back to Vedic period in its abusrdity & ambiguities.
इतिहास का मुआयना ( Itihash ka Muayana ) book written in simple language, in the colloquial language of the common people. Without influencing history with any ideology. The technique is of the arguments. The logical, rational and archaeological evidences are the foundation of the boom. In the book, author talks about the Indus Valley, Buddhist Civilization, the Maurya period, the Vedic period, Shunga and Gupta period, the medieval period, Modern times, the history of languages. Author also touches upon the ancient matriarchal/matrilienal setup with a comparatively patriarchal/patrilineal setup of our society.
The story has been passed down to our society/community in particular way which states that there was only one Buddha Indian Land. The fact that taught about the death of the Buddha. However, interestingly book captures the perspective which also argue about the fact that, the Buddha was killed, contamination in his food. they write that a lot of things have been heard about the theft, But someone’s village has been stolen, they have heard it for the first time, Author was talking about budhha’s village.
Despite on the matter of India being a world guru, the historians ask such questions that who taught the world? Who is the one whose statues were installed and later excavated, through all over the world?
In basic Indian history, we have been taught that the decline of the Mauryan Empire was due to the adoption of Buddhist policy, in the book author questions the intention and understanding of the intellectuals and historians of India. And cross verify the establish fact about the decline of the Maurya Empire and ask reason behind this fact claimed in first place. Which is nonetheless, constantly targetting the existence & possibility of Buddhist policy. Furthermore,with some historical fact author also highlights key points stating the timeline of the decline of the Maurya Empire. Meanwhile creating the relationship between Ashoka & the Mauryan empire. That decline itself, should have happened at the time of Ashoka himself.
Though it was never the case, claims इतिहास का मुआयना. On contrary it asserts that, during the time of emperor Ashoka, the Maurya Empire flourished and became more prosperous instead. One of the many other reason which talks about is that,the decline of the Mauryan period was due the abandonment of Buddhist policies by Ashoka’s descents.
Thus, this book unveils many primitive & prominent myth. As Dr. B.R Ambedkar(Babasaheb)rightly observed in his speech of Annihilation of caste that, “You will be sorry to know that the intelligentsia in India is another name for the Brahmin caste.” It needs not be a surprising fact, about the way history being told & written.
Book quality & availability
This book was published by a renowned publication house called, “Samyak Prakashan house”. The book is available only in Hindi language, in paperback. It has a total of 126 pages. Which is can be read in one sitting. Print & paper quality is average. If you also want to buy it just click on Amazon and you will redirect to the Amazon website.
The Review is written by Rajat Mourya, edited by Shilpi Kishore.