Answer by Raakhee V. Menon:
Thank you for the A2A.
I am from Kerala and I studied in a CBSE school until Grade XII. I still feel bad that I don’t know most of the history of my own state. The history syllabus taught to us was predominantly about the people and the activities of the Gangetic plains. Yes, there were fleeting mentions about the Cholas and the Cheras and the Pandyas. But there is much much more to them than just being contained in a couple of paragraphs just for the sake of mentioning them.
We were not taught about the cultural and societal advancements spearheaded by Serfoji II of Thanjavur. Neither did we even hear about the kings of Malabar and their affairs. About Velu Thambi Dalawa and his exploits.
About what Subramaniam Bharathi contributed towards India. Veerapandi Kattabomman. The various Queens and their stories – Rani Chennamma of Kittur, Rani Rudramadevi of the Kakatiya dynasty, Rani Sethulakshmibayi Thampuratti of Travancore. The Moplah Rebellion. The list is endless.
It’s like all these people and their stories of heroism and their contributions to society are all unimportant, while we had to study in great detail about the battles of Plassey, of Buxar, and many more, and the names and the chronological orders of governance of the various governors and viceroys of British India. Indian history is made up of ALL of these. It’s not right to decide what is important and what isn’t based on their limited knowledge.
And now, we have to rely on movies being made on these stories to know something about them. If regional history is neglected like this for another few generations, then they will get buried forever and then will slowly slip into the realm of ‘mythological stories’. This is something I, as an Indian, would never want. Much of our history has already been pushed under that category already. Do we want more? No.
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