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Where is the History?

Updated on February 16, 2013

Our tragedy is mostly we want to live in the history, breath the history and think of future of the history. We are obsessed about our roots. We want to create great things, using our imaginations, about the roots. We think we are direct ancestors of either Godly, divine or some royal family. Some wants to prove Jesus being ancestor of King David or Muslim’s want to prove they indeed are children of Ismail. Indians either relate themselves to either Sun Clan or Moon clan. To Krishna’s dynasty or to Rama’s dynasty. No matter what they really are or were in unknown past, almost everybody wants to connect with the glorious families/persons of the past.

Why this is so? Why one doesn't dare say he belongs to a thug dynasty? Freebooter’s clan? Why one wants to relate with the something that is not real and is imaginary and thus false?

Why people don’t talk about a murderer or dacoit or a person that was involved in some gruesome act? Why people of the nation can agree to the fact that they were aggressors and wiped out a race to establish their rule over the land that originally never belonged to them?

That they were monstrous enough to mass massacre the original inhabitants to grab their rights?

We can say, no, no one wants to admit thus. Still we keep on writing history and try painting our side that suite us. The side that gives pride of the so-called glorious past, which in fact was shameful?

And still we crave for the boasting of the rich inheritance of the forefathers that may not be true.

Why it is so?

Why history is written the way it is expected by the masses? Why every person wants to connect his/her ties to the mythological or historical kingly families?

When I probe into this, I feel mankind is still obsessed with the mythological divine world and same time with aristocratic world of the past, that no more exists. There are exceptions; surely, those don’t bother at all of the history. But in general we can find people in general are impressed of some solid idea of their past.

Who provided this past? Who writes the history? Or who imagines and sculpt ideas of their own past?

At one hand ruling class wants the history written in their favor. Defeats whitewashed. Petty benevolence made heights of generosity.

Isn't it a fact that we want to live in the dung of the lies? As our forefathers did?

We desire those lies because we are liars. Our most of the convictions doesn’t come to us as a matter of fact and clear sunlight, as we want to interpret them through the veil of deceitful mind.

Then, if at all, history that is and the history that we want to believe, if both are distinct then we are destined to fall in an abyss of the misfortune. A well constructed premise of the history based on the foundation of the lies can collapse anytime. Discovery of Sindhu culture has made it with Indians. It has happened in the past. Creating new history of genesis has happened with the people of Arabia those were forced to abandon their own history to adopt other. If one can change the history, uprooting one society from one history to repose it in other has happened in the history of mankind for several times.

Then, if we have just fragments, that too distorted fragments of the history that we have and most of the part is imaginary, what is the history after all?

History is a thing that has tormented mankind. History has given false prides and prejudices. Until we know true meaning of the history, better we keep off from it.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      5 years ago from Pune, India

      True history is that which shows facts and which is not biased.

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      Jack Rollins 

      5 years ago

      All true, Mactaves, but what we need to do first is to set out some general historiographical method, which may find acceptance as an empirical event--historiography, not history.To Arabic historians like al-Masudi, Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Battuta, and a host of others who produced massive works resembling encylopaedia, their method was to record as many views from eminent men who were present or had town chronicles,detailing some event. They would then publish each one of the accounts without any emendations ; this, they thought was the only way to get at some historical truth. Let the reader decide on which account(s) to believe. See al-Qamus, or al-Kitab-Baghdad.

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      Seva Lamberdar 

      5 years ago

      The proper link to “Questions and comments on the study of ancient sites and cultures” is

      http://creative.sulekha.com/questions-and-comments...

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      Seva Lamberdar 

      5 years ago

      Dear Sanjay ji,

      You raise a very important point on the need to keep history honest and true.

      Unfortunately, many a time this is not the case and the so called historical information can be full of discrepancies due to its being the result of flawed basic assumptions and imperfect investigative methods. You may find the following blog on this subject interesting,

      “Questions and comments on the study of ancient sites and cultures”

      (http://creative.sulekha.com/questions-and-comments...

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      Sanjay Sonawani 

      5 years ago from Pune, India.

      Thanks tsadjatko for sharing your insight.

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      5 years ago from now on

      History can be distorted; mankind is a liar among many other practices of iniquity. It is true, but no less true about the present than the past - probably more so of the present than history when you look at the media today. We are not to put our head in the sand and not listen to anything nor are we to be gullible and believe everything. God has put us here in the midst of a sinful fallen world but he has given us the guidance of His Word, His Holy Spirit and His Son, as well as a brain with the power to reason and to discern truth from falsehood, be it past, present or future.

      We are equipped to deal with the vagrancies of historical records as well as the present world of deception we live in. We must have faith that we can navigate our way through it all. To "keep off from it" is to forsake not only the bad but the good which far outweighs the bad.

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      Sanjay Sonawani 

      5 years ago from Pune, India.

      Thanks mactavers for commenting and I agree with you that there are multiple aspects involving history, many unknown and less investigated in. I have just tried to focus on couple of the points I felt important to discuss. Thanks again.

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      mactavers 

      5 years ago

      You make some interesting points about personal or family history, but there are so many kinds of history, that you need to rethink how broad the topic of history is. There is the history of how an invention changed society, the history of how a breed of animals developed such as dogs, horses, cattle, the history of the rulers of a country and how they came to power, the history of fashions, the history of sports and so on. I find history a very interesting study. It certainly is so much more than family "roots."

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