Stressing on the need to rewrite history from India's point of view, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said had it not been for Veer Savarkar, the first war of Independence in 1857 would have been seen from Britain's point of view.
His remarks came two days after the Maharashtra BJP unit said in its election manifesto that the party will ask the Centre to confer Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, who is also known as Veer Savarkar.
"Had it not been Veer Savarkar, the 1857 'kranti' (revolution) would not have become history and we would have been seeing it from the British point of view," the Home Minister said.
"It was Savarkar who gave the name 'First War of Independence' to the 1857 'kranti' (revolution), otherwise our children would have known it only as a revolt," he said.
Amit Shah inaugurated a two-day international seminar in Varanasi on 'Guptvanshak-Veer: Skandgupta Vikramaditya' at the Banaras Hindu University.
Referring to eminent historians in the audience and on the dais, he said, "It is my request to all that there is a need to rewrite the Indian history from India's point of view but without blaming anyone."
Addressing a Seminar ''Guptvanshak-Veer: Skandagupta Vikramaditya" at Banaras Hindu University, Kashi. https://t.co/YQLzxeaChL- Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 17, 2019
"It is our responsibility to write our history. How long are we going to blame the British? We don't have to dispute the facts, only write what the truth is... what is our point of view, and it will stand the test of time," the Union Home Minister said.
Mr Shah regretted that today's generation was not aware of the contributions and valour of Skandgupta Vikramaditya, and many other great Indians, because of lack of documentation.
While dwelling at the length on the role and relevance of the ruler of Gupta Dynasty, Skandagupt Vikramaditya, he spoke on the political future of the nation and also took the opportunity to praise Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making India regain national respect in the world.
"Respect for the country has increased under him. The world pays attention to our point of view. The world listens when our PM speaks on international developments," Amit Shah said.
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